Biosciences Resources at the College of Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Resources
Information Solutions Resources

Wind Energy Resources


Faculty Teaching and Research Excellence

Biomedical Engineering

Joseph M. Reinhardt, departmental executive officer

  • Articular joint contact mechanics
  • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Biomechanics of the spine
  • Biomechanics of tractor roll-over injuries
  • Computational simulation of artificial heart valve dynamics
  • Control and coordination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Controlled drug delivery
  • Development of thermal seeds for hyperthermia in prostate
  • Drug/target discovery
  • Gene therapy
  • Hemodynamics of arterial disease
  • Low back pain and scoliosis
  • Mechanical properties of diseased arteries biomechanics and rupture prediction of abdominal aorta aneurysms
  • Medical image acquisition
  • Models of cellular processes based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics
  • Solution-perfused tubes for preventing blood-materials interaction
  • Tissue engineered vascular grafts
  • Total joint replacement
  • Upper extremity biomechanics
  • Wire coil-reinforced bone cement

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

C. Allan Guymon, departmental executive officer

  • Air pollution engineering
  • Artificial organs
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Biocatalysis
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Bioremediation
  • Biotechnological applications of extremophiles
  • Cell structure

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michelle Scherer, departmental executive officer

  • Air pollution
  • Applied environmental chemistry and process design
  • Bioremediation
  • Water quality modeling

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Er-Wei Bai, departmental executive officer

  • Quantitative medical image processing
  • Bioinformatics

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Ching-Long Lin, departmental executive officer

  • Applied statistics
  • Biomechanics and biofluids combustion
  • Computational mechanics
  • Ergonomics/human factors
  • Fuel cell and chemically reactive flows
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Biomanufacturing, virtual manufacturing, electronic manufacturing, tissue engineering


College of Engineering Research Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Thomas Casavant, director

  • Application of high performance networking and computing to basic life science and applied biomedical research

Center for Computer-Aided Design

Karim Abdel-Malek, director

  • Virtual soldier research--human modeling and simulation, virtual reality, biomechanics, control, optimization, clothing, human performance measures, electromyography, artificial intelligence, human kinematics and dynamics.
  • Cognitive systems--ergonomics, human interaction with advanced technology and automation, cognitive processing burden assessment/sensory and data input cognitive impact.
  • Operator performance--optimal aircraft instrumentation configuration, flight simulation supporting aircraft operation task analysis, warning system effectiveness, roadway markings and illumination analysis, driver performance measurement.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techology--Design, create, and test—both virtually and physically—a wide variety of electromechanical and biomedical components, systems and processes.
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging, Modeling, and Experimentation--automate the development of patient-/subject- specific models using a combination of imaging and modeling techniques, with particular emphasis on finite element modeling.
  • BioMechanics of Soft Tissues is devoted to understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of soft tissue structures in the human body by drawing upon principles in engineering mechanics.

IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering

Larry J. Weber, director

  • Air pollution
  • Biological fluid flow
  • Bioremediation of ground water
  • Water quality monitoring

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

Milan Sonka , co-director

  • Image acquisition
  • Pulmonary, cardiovasular, orthopaedic, and ophthalmologic image analysis
  • Radiation treatment
  • Virtual surgery planning

Environmental Engineering and Sciences-W. M. Keck Phytotechnologies Laboratories

Jerry Schnoor, director

  • Study of how plants are able to transform and detoxify environmental pollutants
  • Development of screening methods to determine proper plant species for use on specific pollutants such as pesticides, explosives and solvents
  • Investigation of plant genome to determine how to improve expression of enzymes for degrading toxic pollutants


Engineering-related Interdisciplinary Research Centers at The University of Iowa

Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

Mark Arnold, director

  • Biocatalyst fundamental properties
  • Bioremediation
  • Bioprocessing
  • Biosensing technology
  • New biocatalyst discovery
  • Novel biocatalyst applications
  • Reactive agent development

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research

Greg R. Carmichael, co-director
Jerry L. Schnoor, co-director

  • Multiple aspects of global environmental change, including the regional effects on natural ecosystems, environments, and resources, and on human health, culture and social systems

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination

Gene F. Parkin, director

  • Identification, measurement, and prevention of adverse health outcomes related to exposure to environmental toxins, specifically water contaminants, environmental database design and development and systems support for environmental health research

Environmental Health Sciences Research Center

Peter S. Thorne, director

  • Agricultural chemical exposures and health effects
  • Agricultural and rural environmental exposures and health effects

Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety

Christopher Atchison, director

  • Provides graduate training, continuing education and outreach in the area of occupational health and safety.
  • Offers graduate training programs in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Ergonomics, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Injury Prevention, and Agricultural Safety and Health.

Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center

Corinne Peek-Asa, director

  • Identifying risk factors for injuries to farmers and their families
  • Prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, surveillance, and biomechanics, including examining causes of delay in Iowa's trauma system
  • Studying the driving abilities of individuals recovering from mild and moderate traumatic brain injuries.

Public Policy Center

Peter C. Damiano, director

  • Environmental quality
  • Health care