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Faculty share information on medical devices
December 6, 2011Tweet
Nearly 30 faculty, staff and students came together last month for a healthcare devices workshop organized by the Watson Dean’s Office as part of the Division of Research’s campus-wide focus on innovations in healthcare.
Researchers across campus have been active in this area for years and the workshop served as an opportunity to share information and foster potential collaborations.
“One of my jobs,” explained Ron Miles, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean of research for the Watson School, “is to read every proposal. I noticed that people were doing similar work but probably weren’t aware of what others were doing.”
In June 2010, Miles organized a similar healthcare workshop, and has now continued the initiative under the innovations in healthcare umbrella.
Faculty – including many new faces – from each department in the Watson School, as well as Assistant Professor of Physics Stephen Levy, were invited to give brief presentations on their research. Topics included gene mapping, DNA sorting, cancer detection, drug testing and computing system accuracy. Attendees discussed and asked questions following each presentation.
In his presentation, Zhanpeng Jin, an assistant professor new to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, introduced his research in bioinspired recovery for medical hardware that makes computing systems more accurate, adaptive and available.
Gretchen Mahler, a new assistant professor in bioengineering, shared her research in cell culture modeling of organs and tissues. Her models can be used to examine drug toxicity and to better understand how cells behave in a diseased environment.
“As a new faculty member on campus, it was a terrific opportunity to get a brief overview of what others are doing,” Mahler said.
“Healthcare is an area within engineering research that’s an irresistible force,” Miles said. “Funding agencies are interested in it, and engineers can contribute a lot to it. It’s a natural place for us to work.”