Developing novel technologies and capabilities across a host of technically challenging fields in biomedical engineering

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Shana Kelley

Neena B. Schwartz Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry

“The translation of academic discoveries to the clinic is my passion and an integral part of my research program.”

Research Areas

Biomedical Engineering is an exciting and fast-moving field with ever-changing boundaries. Here at Northwestern we are pushing those boundaries in a number of interrelated areas. Faculty members and students are active in developing novel technologies and capabilities across a host of technically challenging fields in biomedical engineering, as well as other scientific disciplines.

Students interested in pursuing research in a particular focus area receive guidance in selecting advanced coursework that is tailored to educate them about a specific concentration of biomedical engineering.

Faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are organized into the following research area groups:

Regenerating cells

Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering

Developing self-assembled, bio-integrated electronic, synthetic, and nanoscale materials for biomedical applications

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Biomechanical diagram of a pitch


Studying of the structure and function of biological systems using the methods of mechanics, and applied to whole organisms, organs, cells, and cell organelles

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Green polymersomes

Cell and Molecular Engineering

Harnessing biological components—genes, RNA, enzymes, and lipids—to reveal the engineering principles that underlie function and to build entirely new systems and devices

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Nuclear pore complex

Computational Biomedical Engineering

Translating complex image processing, quantification, and mapping, to develop critical insights into disease intervention, genome engineering, and immunotherapy

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MRI of heart tissue

Imaging and Biophotonics

Researching new technology development, image-based biophysical modeling of disease processes, and the application of these techniques to address crucial problems in fundamental biology and human physiology

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Magnified fibers

Medical Devices and Instrumentation

Conceptualizing, designing, fabricating, and validating novel therapeutic and diagnostic tools to design a vast range of medical devices

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Retinal prostheses

Neural Engineering

Extending and applying basic knowledge of the nervous system to develop useful technology for medical and other applications

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Guillermo A. Ameer

Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering

“I’m excited about translating the work we do in the lab to hospitals and one day having an impact on patient care worldwide.”

Research Area Medical Applications

In each area of research, our faculty target multiple medical applications.

Research Areas Cancer Cardiovascular Drug Discovery and Delivery Global Health Rehabilitation Vision
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