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Biomedical Engineering Research

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Instrumentation and Devices

Bioinstrumentation is the application of electronics and measurement principles and techniques to develop devices used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Examples include brain-computer interface, implantable electrodes, sensors, tumor ablation and other medical devices.


Core faculty

Faculty affiliates

Centers, Consortia and Institutes

Forward BIO Institute

The Forward BIO Institute catalyzes innovation in biomanufacturing research, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. It acts as a “catapult” that pushes groundbreaking technologies into the private sector.

The institute engages with research institutions throughout the Midwest and supports innovations in workforce development, transformative research and development, and public-private partnerships in the emerging area of biomanufacturing: the advanced manufacturing of therapeutic medical devices, cells, tissues, or pharmaceuticals.

Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI)

The Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation is a biophotonics instrumentation laboratory stemming from the research activities of its director and founder, Kevin Eliceiri, and LOCI collaborators. Their mission is to develop advanced optical and computational techniques for imaging and experimentally manipulating living specimens.

The lab developed new and improved biomedical imaging instruments and image analysis tools to help fight disease. Projects are driven by demands that arise from the scientific studies of external collaborators and principal investigators and opportunities that arise with the emergence of new technology. Instrumentation development is undertaken in a form that is both accessible and beneficial to the scientific community.

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC)

The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is recognized throughout the nation as one of the leading innovators in cancer research, quality patient care, and active community involvement. It is the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

UWCCC’s location in the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) allows researchers to work with scientists from other disciplines, speeding the transfer of cutting-edge science to patients.

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR)

The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research has embraced a new way of doing science since its opening in 2008. In this new model, traditional research silos become obsolete as basic, translational, and clinical scientists—in cancer, imaging, neuroscience, surgery, and cardiovascular and regenerative medicine—work together to move discoveries quickly from bench to bedside and into the community.

In addition to its three interdisciplinary research towers, WIMR neighbors the UW Health Sciences Learning Center, the UW Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing, and the UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital—making it well-positioned for easy interactions between WIMR scientists, their health sciences colleagues, practicing clinicians, and the patients whose lives they hope to improve.