For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Faculty Experts

Banu Onaral, PhD

H.H. Sun Professor and Director

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Contact:

banu.onaral@drexel.edu

215.895.2247

Onaral is an expert in translational research and biomedical signal processing in ultrasound and optics. She has led major research and development projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), DARPA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
 
Onaral's translational research efforts for rapid commercialization of biomedical technologies developed at Drexel and its partner institutions have resulted in the creation of the Translational Research in Biomedical Technologies program. This initiative brings together academic technology developers with entrepreneurs, regional economic development agencies, as well as local legal, business, and investment communities.
 
Onaral's professional services include chair and membership on advisory boards and strategic planning bodies of several universities and funding agencies, including service on the National Science Foundation's Engineering Advisory Board and on its proposal review panels and study sections. Her professional responsibilities have included service on the editorial board of journals and the CRC Biomedical Engineering Handbook as Section Editor for Biomedical Signal Analysis. She served as President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the largest member-based biomedical engineering society in the world.
 

For news media inquiries, contact Lauren Ingeno at lmi28@drexel.edu, 215.895.2614 (office) or 610.717.2777 (cell).

In the News

  • 'Smuggling' drugs at the cellular level

    Steven P. Wrenn, PhD, an associate professor and assistant dean of graduate affairs in the College of Engineering, and Peter A. Lewin, PhD, Richard B. Beard Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, were mentioned in a Dec. 5 National Science Foundation blog post for their research using ultrasound technology to deliver customized medication through the skin.

  • While-you-nosh brain imaging

    Dr. Banu Onaral, director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; Dr. Kurtulus Izzetoglu, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; Dr. Jennifer Nasser, an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Dr. Michael Green chair of the anesthesiology department in the College of Medicine; Dr. Lucian Panait, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine; and Dr. Terry Heiman-Patterson, a professor in the College of Medicine were quoted in a November 3 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Drexel research that uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy technology. Annie Feng, an undergraduate in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems was pictured in the piece.

  • Your Brain's Built-In GPS System

    Research by Dr. Joshua Jacobs, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, and his team regarding the discovery of brain cells that help humans navigate in open environments was featured on Mashable on August 9.

  • Sense Of Direction Comes From Grid Cells In Brain, Researchers Find

    On August 5, Dr. Joshua Jacobs, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, was quoted in stories in the Huffington Post, FOX News.com, Science News, Science World Report, Medical Daily and The Times of India about his team’s discovery of brain cells that help humans navigate in open environments.

  • Navigational Cells Located in Human Brains

    Dr. Joshua Jacobs, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, was quoted in an August 4 New York Times science blog post about his group’s discovery of cells in the human brain that are responsible for navigation. He was also quoted in similar stories in New Scientist, Science Daily and The Scientist. The New Scientist story about a team of scientists that he led discovering the human brain cells responsible for navigation

  • 5 Innovative Uses for Infrared Technology

    Drexel-Coulter program research pertaining to the development of technology to identify bed sores before they appear on the skin was mentioned in a MedCity News article about the five innovative ways to use in infrared technology.

  • UE LifeSciences: State Awards $800k for Radiation-Free Breast Cancer Detection Research

    Technically Philly featured the “Intelligent Breast Exam” (iBE™), a device developed by researchers in the College of Medicine, the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and the College of Engineering.

Related Articles

  • Infrascanner

    Drexel Biomedical Engineers to Help Upgrade Brain Injury Detection Device Used by Navy and Marines

    A team of researchers from Drexel University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems has been called on to help upgrade a handheld brain scanning device used by the military to assess injuries in the field. InfraScan, Inc., a Philadelphia-based medical technology firm specializing in brain injury diagnostics, will be working with the group of biomedical engineers for the next three years to improve Infrascanner™ -a tool that saves lives by detecting severe head injuries.