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Affiliated Faculty Directory

Contact Information Research Interests

Assistant Research Professor

Drexel University College of Medicine

jara@drexelmed.edu

Neonatal hypoxia; neurodegeneration

Ibraheem Badejo, PhD

Visiting Research Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

ibadejo@its.jnj.com

Biomaterials, biomechanics, biochemical engineering

Professor & Head, Department of Information Science

College of Computing and Informatics

ellen.j.bass@drexel.edu

Human-centered design, human-computer interaction, human factors, human performance modeling , judgment and decision making, medical informatics, systems engineering

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

bbendor@infrascanner.com

electro optics, medical device development, opthalmic digital photography, entrepreneurship

John Bethea, PhD

Professor & Head, Department of Biology

Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

jrb445@drexel.edu

Spinal Cord Injury, Astrocytes, Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, Neuroinflammation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neuroimmunology, Acquired Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neuroprotection, Neurological Diseases, Immunohistochemistry, Neuroimmunomodulation, Neurobiology, Glioma, Neuron-Glia Interaction, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Cellular Neuroscience, Brain Diseases, EAE, CNS Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, Demyelinating Diseases, Molecular Neuroscience, Neuron Culture, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurogenesis, Nervous System Autoimmune Diseases, Neurobiochemistry

Entrepreneur at Large

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

michael@netscientific.net

Diagnostics, nanotechnology, molecular genetics

Associate Professor, Computer Science

College of Computing and Informatics

david@cs.drexel.edu

Self-organization, biomedical image informatics, geometric modeling, computer-aided design and visualization

Associate Professor

Penn State College of Medicine

scott.bunce@drexel.edu

Algorithms, Brain, Brain Diseases, Brain Mapping, Case-Control Studies, Classical Conditioning, Computer-Assisted Diagnosis, Electromyography, Evoked Potentials, Face, Hemoglobins, Opioid-Related Disorders, Oxygen Pattern Recognition, Automated Personality Disorders, Problem Solving, Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted Spectrophotometry, Infrared Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared Sublimation Unconscious (Psychology), Vocational Guidance

Owner, Aptagen, LLC

tom@aptagen.com

Aptamers, riboswitches, allosteric ribozymes

Roy Carriker, PhD

Teaching Professor and Director of Technology Entrepreneurship

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

rcc47@drexel.edu

Neuro-trauma in athletics, Technology innovation and commercialization

Hao Cheng, PhD

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Drexel University College of Engineering

hao.cheng@drexel.edu

Nanobiomaterials, cell engineering, translational research, nanomaterial-cell interactions, inflammation-tracking delivery, cancer, cardiovascular disease, engineering stem cells, intelligent drug nanocarriers, inflammation-responsive wound healing patches, Drug delivery, molecular self-assembly, cell-nanomaterial interactions, regenerative medicine and cell membrane engineering

Director of Bioinformatics

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Gene Therapy & Orphan Disease Center

DNA, Gene Expression, RNA, DNA Sequencing, Genomics, Genetics, Sequencing, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Gene Regulation, Next Generation Sequencing

Kapil Dandekar

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Drexel University College of Engineering

dandekar@coe.drexel.edu

Software defined/cognitive radio prototyping; reconfigurable, metamaterial, and non-traditional material antennas for wireless systems; smart textiles for biomedical monitoring applications; smart antenna/MIMO systems for wireless communications; sensor networks for air quality and homeland security; free space optical and ultrasonic communication; wireless physical layer security; service learning and cybersecurity education

Dave Jaydev

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Jaydev.Dave@jefferson.edu

Contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging and applications, Signal and image algorithms and processing, Applied medical physics research including radiation dose and image quality evaluation, and radiation dose indices, DICOM metadata mining and informatics

Adjunct Research Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

tcd@abemis.com

Microscopy and Imaging, Automation and custom scanning microscopy, 3-D printing and model design, Blender3D, SolidWorks, Cinema4D, Finite Element Analysis, Advanced multi-domain mesh generation, Matlab, Python, and C#, automation of complex organic shape meshing

Cali Fidopiastis, PhD

Chief Scientist

Design Interactive, Inc.

Virtual reality applications for cognitive and physical rehabilitation, user-centered assessment of immersive and augmented virtual environments, mathematical modeling for medical applications, visual perception, skill acquisition, naturalistic decision making, brain plasticity

Gregory Fridman

Assistant Research Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Co-Director of Plasma Medicine Laboratory

greg.fridman@drexel.edu

Non-equilibrium plasma for processing of biomaterials, polymer treatment and surface modification for wettability and biocompatibility, applications of non-equilibrium discharges in medicine and biology, characterization of physical, biochemical, and mechanical properties of the treated material, plasma characterization, and plasma power supply design and development.

Michael Frohbergh

Associate, Biomedical Engineering Practice

Exponent, Inc.

mfrohbergh@exponent.com

Bone and cartilage tissue engineering, orthopedic biomaterials, in vivo biocompatibility, small animal models for wound healing, and cell/molecular biology techniques

Professor

Drexel University College of Medicine

sg33@drexel.edu

Spinal cord organization and control of limb biomechanics.
J Yasha Kresh

Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering; Research Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiovascular Biophysics

Drexel University College of Medicine

JYasha.Kresh@DrexelMed.edu

Cardiac repair and regeneration, tissue engineering, cardiovascular system dynamics, systems biology, cellular networks, cardiovascular engineering, telerobotics.

Associate Professor, Digital Media

Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

fjl@drexel.edu

Game design, serious games, game industry, technology

Peter I. Lelkes

Visiting Research Professor and Distinguished Calhoun Scholar
Professor & Chair, Bioengineering

Temple University College of Engineering

pilelkes@temple.edu

3-D Tissue Engineering: scaffolds, solid-free-form fabrication, smart biomaterials, decelluarized matrices,tissue-specific differentiation, vascularization of engineered tissues,bioreactors. Stem Cell Research: Target differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells for lung, cardiac, spinal cord and musculoskeletal tisue engineering and regenerative medicine. Space biology: (simulated) microgravity, space flight, NASA Other interests: neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular pathophysiology, biomatrices, cell-biomaterials interactions, artificial internal organs, endothelial cell biology, hemodynamic forces, atherosclerosis, genomics, signal transduction.

Joseph C. McGowan

Visiting Research Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

jmcgowan@mcgowanassociates.com

Brain trauma, brain disorders, electric shock injury, biomechanics associated with transportation-related injuries, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the performance of MRI compatibility testing for implantable and accessory devices.

Vandana Miller

Director of Plasma Medicine Laboratory and Associate Research Professor

C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute

vam54@drexel.edu

Biological and medical applications of non-thermal plasma, mainly anti-microbial effects, anti-cancer effects, facilitated drug delivery, and tissue regeneration. The effects of direct plasma on mammalian cells and tissues, with emphasis on immune modulation that would subsequently influence many different systems at the organismal level.

Dr. Alisa Morss-Clyne

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

College of Engineering

asm67@drexel.edu

Microfluidic devices to measure cell biochemical and mechanical responses; Auto-fluorescent mechanosensors; Flow and strain effects on endothelial cell – basement membrane interaction; Endothelial cell – smooth muscle cell interactions in diabetes; Plasma angiogenesis; advanced materials for accelerated wound healing; Nanoparticles for cardiovascular disease; sickle cell interactions with the vascular wall.

Research Assistant Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

annacaterina.merzagora@drexel.edu

Biomedical signal processing, neurophysiological signals, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), event related potentials (ERPs), somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and electromyography (EMG)

Marla Steinbeck

Associate Research Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

mjs348@drexel.edu

Orthopaedic total joint replacement biocompatibility, biomarker panel development for diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring of joint replacement failures, medical use of dielectric barrier discharge plasma to enhance skeletal stem cell differentiation and tissue regeneration

Chris Yang, PhD

Associate Professor, Information Science

Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics

chris.yang@drexel.edu

Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, digital library, and electronic commerce. His teaching interests include data mining, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, information systems analysis and design.

Siddik Yarman, PhD

Part-time Professor, Electronics and Communications Engineering Department

Istanbul Technical University (ITU)

yarman@istanbul.edu.tr

RF, Microwaves, Power Amplifiers, Circuits and Systems, Signal Processing