Biomedical

Finding solutions that improve lives

Biomedical research at URI has already led to the development of instruments that will be used to help treat debilitating medical problems.

The average human brain has somewhere in the order of 100 billion neurons that control how we speak, walk, sleep, and feel. When those neurons misfire, medical problems like seizures or Parkinson’s Disease occur. Engineers at the University of Rhode Island are applying electrical engineering expertise, signal processing and instrumentation to the analysis of electrical signals from human nerves and their work is making an impact in the field of neuroengineering research. Tapping into the human nervous system allows the creation of brain-machine interfaces that can predict seizures, control prosthetics, and diagnose diseases.

URI researchers are also exploring the role of electrical signals in other systems and using that knowledge to find cures. Kunal Mankodiya is creating wearable systems that are capable of non-invasively tracking important patient metrics. Professor Ying Sun and Adjunct Professor Jack Salisbury are using ultrasound to learn more about the causes of sleep apnea. Associate Professor Fredrick Vetter’s research is shedding new light on electrophysiology’s role in heart attacks and cardiac diseases. And Professor Samantha Meenach is developing drug delivery vehicles capable of penetrating physiological barriers like tumors, the mucus barrier of the lung or the blood-brain barrier.


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Faculty

Professor and Department Chair

Chemical Engineering

401.874.9518gbothun@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.4102reza_abiri@uri.edu

Professor

Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering

401.874.4738besio@uri.edu

Distinguished Engineering Professor

Chemical Engineering

401.874.2804bosea@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.4249yanglin@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.5661kunalm@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering

401.874.4303smeenach@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering

401.874.2678roxbury@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.5368yalda_shahriari@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy

401.874.5594jie_shen@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.9067cyuan@uri.edu