Biosystems research in UW’s Department of Electrical Engineering is a highly collaborative endeavor. Our faculty focus on four areas of Biosystems research: synthetic & systems biology, neural engineering, biomedical devices, and mobile health. Many of our faculty hold secondary appointments and work closely with collaborators from other departments including Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Biology, Genome Sciences, Applied Mathematics, and the UW Medical Center. Our Biosystems faculty work with many cross-disciplinary institutes such as the eScience Institute, the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, the Institute for Protein Design, the Bloedel Hearing Research Center and the University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering.
Biotechnology, macromolecular engineering tools, advanced materials, genetic engineering, computer aided design, laboratory automation, DNA/RNA sequence assembly, information theory and machine learning for genomics applications.
Neural Control, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neural Security, Device control, spinal cord rehabilitation, neural signaling, neuromechanics and computational neuroscience.
Design of biomedical devices including research and clinical neural interfaces, diagnostic devices, wearable sensors, and embedded processing and wireless communication links for biomedical devices.
Development of new health monitoring, diagnostics, and health management applications and tools using emerging mobile devices and sensors. Research in this area applies advances in imaging, app development, physiological modeling, statistical algorithms, and machine learning. This work has implications for home health monitoring and low-resource environments.
- AMP Lab
- Data-Driven Dynamical Systems
- Seelig lab for synthetic biology
- Sensor Systems Lab
- Ubicomp (Ubiquitous Computing) Research Lab
- Visvesh Sathe's research group
- Klavins Lab
- BioRobotics Laboratory
- Information Theory Lab
- Interactive System Design Laboratory
- Azadeh Yazdan-Shamorad
- Visvesh Sathe
- Georg Seelig
- Jacques Christophe Rudell
- Eli Shlizerman
- Shwetak N. Patel
- Matt Reynolds
- Joshua R. Smith
- Babak Parviz
- Linda G. Shapiro
- Eric Klavins
- Blake Hannaford
- Howard Jay Chizeck
- Samuel Burden
- Jeffrey A. Bilmes
- Les Atlas
UW researchers developing a smartphone app to screen for concussion and brain injuryAssociate Professor Shwetak Patel and a team from UbiComp Lab are developing PupilScreen, a smartphone app to screen for concussion.
UW researchers develop new app to screen for pancreatic cancerA team of UW researchers, including Professor Shwetak Patel, have developed a new app that uses smartphone selfies to screen for pancreatic cancer and other diseases.
Researchers construct computational circuit boards with DNAProfessor Georg Seelig and his team utilize a new method called "DNA dominoes," using spatial organization to build nanoscale computational circuits made of synthetic DNA. The research was published in Nature Nanotechnology.
Professor Kannan receives NSF grant to improve groundbreaking nanopore sequencing of DNAAssistant Professor Sreeram Kannan leads a $1.2 million collaborative NSF CIF grant. The research aims to design new algorithms for sequencing DNA using nanopore readers.
UW team achieves a factor of 10 performance improvement for BCI Recording SystemsUW researchers present a system that addresses BCI challenges, increasing channel recording density by ten times current state-of-the-art systems.
- Studying the underlying mechanisms of post-stroke cognitive impairment
- Develop and test a practical stroke model in non-human primates
- Multi-modal large-scale optogenetic interface for non-human primates
- Stroke neurorehabilitation using optogenetic stimulation in non-human primates
- UW BIOFAB: a cloud laboratory for genetic engineering
- Digital Pathology: Accuracy, Viewing Behavior and Image Characterization (with PI: Joann Elmore at Harborview and others)
- Estimation of electrode location in rat motor cortex by laminar analysis of electrophysiology and intracortical electrical stimulation
- Polarity of cortical electrical stimulation differentially affects neuronal activity of deep and superficial layers of rat motor cortex
- High gamma power in ECoG reflects cortical electrical stimulation effects on unit activity in layers V/VI
- Strategies for optical control and simultaneous electrical readout of extended cortical circuits
- A large interface for optogentic stimulation and recording in non-human primates
- Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots