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Research Impact

Research is an integral function within the Gallogly College of Engineering. Our research productivity focuses on four strategic growth areas healthcare, computing, energy and water.



Biomedical engineering research is known for the creation of technologies that advance human health. Research themes include:

  • Cancer Nanomedicine
    Photothermal therapy, peptide-based drugs, targeted delivery, and theranostics. 
  • Brain Research and Neural Engineering
    Traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, pain, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. 
  • Regenerative Medicine Arthritis (bone and cartilage repair), spinal cord, temporomandibular joint, trachea, vision, diabetes. 
  • Medical Imaging Digital mammography, radiography, fluoroscopy, biophotonics, fluorescence lifetime imaging, cancer imaging, image processing. 
  • Auditory Function
    Biomechanical modeling and measurement of blast and other threats of auditory injury; hearing protection mechanisms; and restoration of hearing and balancing functions. 
  • Immunoengineering
    Diabetes, cancer, arthritis. 
  • Biomaterials
    Drug delivery, scaffolding for tissue engineering, cancer therapy. 
  • Health and Medical Systems
    Medical systems scalability, clinical quality and costs of care, digital and personalized medicine, implant and cell factory capabilities, drug delivery systems, telemedicine, healthcare analytics, healthcare operations, emergency care logistics, implant manufacturing and bioprinting, and human technology and AR/VR devices.


  • Data Science and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    Development of advanced methods for enormous spatiotemporal data sets constrained by real-time analysis and prediction requirements. 
  • Secure Embedded Software Engineering
    Advancements in design, development, testing, and deployment of safety-critical real-time embedded software systems. 


  • Sustainability
    Advancements in efficiency, resiliency, and diversification in the context of distributed smart power production and distribution systems.
  • Power systems
    Protection of power grids with highly distributed and volatile energy resources. 
  • Refining
    Development of new hydrocarbon refining and utilization technologies through advancements in heterogeneous catalytic science. 
  • Complex Fluids
    Development of next generation oil field fluids for deep formation permeability modification through the design of new surfactant, polymer, and particle systems. 
  • Produced Water
    Development of novel treatment technologies to enable reuse of produced water, working together with the water priority


  • Smart Water
    Application of sensors, information technology, and data analytics to optimize use of water resources. 
  • Water Reuse
    Application of engineered treatment technologies and operational strategies to utilize marginal waters (e.g., produced water, municipal and industrial wastewater, and storm water). 
  • Engineering with Nature
    Development of hybrid systems that combine engineered and natural systems to treat and manage polluted water, while also providing additional ecosystem services. 

Recent Research News

Biomedical Engineering Researchers Strive to Better Predict Peptide Structures
February 02, 2022

Researchers in the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at OU have developed a framework published in Science Advances that solves the challenge of bridging experimental and computer sciences to better predict peptide structures. Peptide-based materials have been used in energy, security and health fields for the past two decades.

Read More About Peptide StructuresBiomedical Engineering Researchers Strive to Better Predict Peptide Structures

OU Engineer to Use NSF Award to Advance Knowledge of Droplet Behavior
February 07, 2022

Dynamics of droplet wetting and spreading is not only important in disease transmission but is also central to industrial processes, including cooling of reactors, emerging technologies such as 3D printing, and commercial applications such as agricultural, pharmaceutical and cosmetics.

Read More About the NSF AwardOU Engineer to Use NSF Award to Advance Knowledge of Droplet Behavior