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Biomedical Engineering Research

The IBEST has been conducting cutting-edge research since its beginnings in 1998. This transformational research impacts our national and state economies while equipping the next generation of engineers.

Thrust Research Areas

OU has made a major commitment to establish a nationally-recognized biomedical engineering program. This includes both the Peggy and Charles Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and continued expansion of the OU Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology. With the distinction of OU's University Strategic Organization Initative, the IBEST's overall goal is to develop at least one federally-funded research center in five years.

The IBEST focuses on three strategic core research areas based on the following current and planned strengths.

Medical Imaging

Hong Liu leads a program of recognized national strength. Two new R01 grants have been announced in 2015.  The ongoing cluster hire of faculty in the Liu team promises to extend the range and depth of this strategic thrust area.

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Nanomedicine

Daniel Resasco is a world leader in development of single-walled carbon nanotubes. Roger Harrison is applying SWCT in therapeutic applications to destroy cancer cells while sparing healthy adjacent tissue.

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Neuroengineering

Rong Gan has recently received over $3M from the Department of Defense to study blast effects on the inner ear. Han Yuan has recently joined the neuroengineering faculty with research focus on imaging methods.

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