Affiliated Faculty (BME)

The following faculty are affilliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering as secondary and adjunct faculty members. They are listed below and grouped by their area of expertise and research interests.


Bioimaging and Instrumentation

Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, College of Medicine; Massive, large-scale detection and diagnosis of retinal disease glaucoma.

John E. Bayouth, PhD, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Quantitative imaging techniques, biomechanics of pulmonary functions, normal tissue response to radiation.

Junfeng Guo, PhDAssociate Research Scientist, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine

Eric A. Hoffman, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Cardiac Mechanics; quantitative assessment of cardiopulmonary physiology via dynamic, volumetric CT; emerging therapies for lung disease; Airway Reactivity.

Hans Johnson, PhDAssistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Neurological imaging and image analysis.

Vincent A. Magnotta , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Development of novel MR image acquisition schemes and post processing software for the analysis of neuroimages. Neuro-imaging areas of interest include functional, structural and diffusion tensor imaging.

John D. Newell, Jr, MD, FACR, FCCP, FASERProfessor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Cardiovascular and pulmonary radiology.

Jessica Sieren, PhDAssistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Division of Physiologic Imaging, College of Medicine; Medical imaging for lung cancer detection and monitoring, three dimensional micro-imaging and pathology, & correlation between pathology and non-invasive imaging.

Merryn Tawhai , PhD, Associate Professor, Bioengineering Institute, University of Aucklund, New Zealand; Pulmonary Biomechanics and Modelling.

Jinhu Xiong , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Functional MRI, image processing, and data analysis.

Denice Zingman, MDAssociate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine; Cardiac Electrophysiology.



Jacob J. Michaelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Understanding psychiatric conditions (specifically autism) through systems biology, genomics, and machine learning.



Isabelle Denry, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research; Ceramics for biomedical applications.

Sateesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, University of Iowa College of Dentistry; Biomaterials and tissue engineering.

John C. Keller, MDProfessor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College ofMedicine; Cellular and systemic tissue interactions with dental implant materials; synthetic apatites asbone substitute materials, surface characteristics of biomaterials and their effects on tissue reactions, and mechanisms of biomedical implant fixation.

Robert D. Tucker, MD, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Thermal ablation of prostate cancer via heating ferromagnetic temperature self-regulating seeds by an extracorporeal radiofrequency magnetic field; development and testing of various laparoscopic electrosurgical electrodes.

Clark Stanford, DDS, PhDProfessor and Associate Dean for Research, Dows Institute for Dental Research, College of Dentistry



Brian D. Adams, MD, Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanics of the Hand and Wrist, Distal Radius Fractures, Wrist Instability, Bioabsorbable Materials, Tendon Repair.

Thakir Almomani, PhDAssistant Professor, Hashemite University, Jordan; Meshing topologically complex structures (i.e. vertebral body).

Don Anderson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanically Based Shoulder Rehabilitation Strategies, Deducing Original Anatomic Sites of Displaced Bone Fragments: 3-D Puzzle Solving, Improved Orthopaedic Management of Peri- and Intra-Articular Fractures from High Energy Trauma, Translational Basic Science and Bioengineering Research in Post-Traumatic OA.

Rajan Bhatt, PhD, Assistant Research Engineer, Virtual Soldier Research Division, Center for Computer Aided Design

James A. Brown, MD, FACS, Professor, Department of Urology, College of Medicine

John J. Callaghan, MDProfessor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Total Joint Replacements.

Charles R. Clark, MDProfessor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Adult reconstructive Surgery: cervical spine, hip reconstruction, and knee reconstruction.

James de Vocht, PhD, Associate Professor, Palmer College; Mechanisms of Chiropractic care and to help bridge the gap with medical research.

Nathan Fethke, PhD, CPE, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health

Jessica Goetz, PhDResearch Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine; Computational modeling of hard and soft orthopaedic tissues, musculoskeletal biomechanics, femoral head osteonecrosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and quantitative histological image analysis of bone and cartilage.

Ram Gudavalli, PhD, Associate Professor, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care.

Annelise D. Heiner, PhDAssociate Research Engineer, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Development of new theories or methodologies.

Patrick W. Hitchon, MD, PhDProfessor and Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanics of the spine. Effects of trauma, tumors, and infection. Testing of implants in the cervical and lumbar and research in artificial discs.

Hyunggun Kim, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston;  Development of advanced computational techniques for patient-specific mitral valve evaluation, and development of molecular ultrasound imaging techniques using targeted echogenic immunoliposomes.

Tim Marler, PhDAssociate Research Scientist, Center for Computer Aided Design, College of Engineering

James A. Martin, PhDAssistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine

Richard McLay, PhDself-employed; Forensic analysis and evaluation.

Joel Pickar, PhD, Professor, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care.

Prem Ramakrishnan, PhDAssistant Research Scientist, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Salam Rahmatalla, PhDAssociate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; Biomechanics of human mostion, design and control of structures, multi-body dynamics.

Neil Segal, MDAssociate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine; Knee osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal effects of pregnancy.

Ingo Titze, PhDProfessor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Biomechanics and physiology of the human vocal mechanism.

Ting Xia, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Palmer College of Chiropractic


Tissue Engineering and Cellular Analysis

Jose Assouline, PhDAdjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, Bioinformatic/Computational Genomics, Nanotechnology.

Fiorenza Ianzini, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of PathologyCollege of Medicine; Alteration of cell-cycle progression induced by ionizing radiation and anti-cancer drug treatments.  Early and late effects of ionizing radiation on cellular DNA. Application of the Large Scale Digital Cell Analysis System (LSDCAS) to study various cellular and molecular phenomena.

Amy Lee, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine; Mechanisms controlling cellular excitability in the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Alan B. Moy, MD, Pulmonary Associates of Iowa City, Inc.

Aliasger K. Salem , PhD, Professor, Division of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy; Development of injectable scaffolds for tissue engineering. Rational design of non-viral genedeliverysystems. Self-assembling systems.

David A. Stoltz, M.D., PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, College of Medicine

Nicholas Zavazava, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; Immunobiology and Differentiation Potential of ES/iPS cells.


Diabetes Related Research

Stephen K. Hunter, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstentrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine; Diabetes in pregnancy; Bioartificial Pancreas (BAP); Fetal Therapy; Neovascularization around hollow Fiber Based Bioartificial Organs Using Biologically Active Substances.