The following faculty are affiliated with the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering as secondary and adjunct faculty members. They are listed below and grouped by their area of expertise and research interests.

Bioimaging and Instrumentation

  • Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, College of Medicine; Massive, large-scale detection and diagnosis of retinal disease glaucoma.
  • John E. Bayouth, PhD, Professor, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Quantitative imaging techniques, biomechanics of pulmonary functions, normal tissue response to radiation.
  • Calvin Carter, PhD, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, College of Medicine; Mapping the biological effects of electromagnetic fields; bioengineering wearable devices to wirelessly treat disease (diabetes, cancer, neurological disease)
  • Sean B. Fain, PhD, Professor of Radiology - Division of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Imaging, College of Medicine.
  • Stephen Graves, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology-Division of Nuclear Medicine, College of Medicine.
  • Eric A. Hoffman, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Cardiac Mechanics; quantitative assessment of cardiopulmonary physiology via dynamic, volumetric CT; emerging therapies for lung disease; Airway Reactivity.
  • James H. Holmes, Phd, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology - Division of Neuroradiology, College of Medicine.
  • Daniel Hyer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of  Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine.
  • Mathews Jacob, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; MR spectroscopic imaging, cardiac MRI, novel image reconstruction algorithms, development of novel MRI pulse sequences, computer aided therapy planning.
  • Hans Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; Neurological imaging and image analysis.
  • David Kaczka, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Anesthesiology.
  • Vincent A. Magnotta , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Development of novel MR image acquisition schemes and post processing software for the analysis of neuroimages. Neuro-imaging areas of interest include functional, structural and diffusion tensor imaging.
  • Merry P. Mani, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, College of Medicine- Division of Neuroradiology, College of Medecine; Novel MR acquisition and reconstruction methods, imaging of brain tissue microstructure using diffusion MRI, identification of quantitative biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases, machine learning.
  • Claudia R. Mello-Thoms, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Department of Radiology - Perceptual Research, Mammography, tomosynthesis, medical imaging
  • John D. Newell, Jr, MD, FACR, FCCP, FASER, Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine;Cardiovascular and pulmonary radiology.
  • Jessica Sieren, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Division of Physiologic Imaging, College of Medicine; Medical imaging for lung cancer detection and monitoring, three dimensional micro-imaging and pathology, & correlation between pathology and non-invasive imaging.
  • Milan Sonka, PhD, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research, College of Engineering.
  • Daniel Thedens, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine.
  • Merryn Tawhai , PhD, Professor, Bioengineering Institute, University of Aucklund, New Zealand; Pulmonary Biomechanics and Modelling.
  • Jinhu Xiong , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Functional MRI, image processing, and data analysis.
  • Denice Hodgson-Zingman, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine; Cardiac Electrophysiology.


  • Jacob J. Michaelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Understanding psychiatric conditions (specifically autism) through systems biology, genomics, and machine learning.
  • Todd Scheetz, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Utilization and analysis of next-generation sequencing technology to indentify disease-causing genes, genome-scale analysis of sequences and expression data.
  • Kai Tan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Gene regulatory networks in normal and disease development, gene expression.
  • Erliang Zeng, Associate Professor, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research & Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
  • Thomas Casavant, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; bioinformatics and computational biology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, genome sequence analysis


  • James Byrne, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology; Cancer research, therapeutics, healthcare device development, biomaterials, drug delivery.
  • Meeshanthini Dogan, PhD, CEO, Cardio Diagnostics; Genetic-based testing for heart disease and stroke.
  • Satheesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc, Professor, Department of Periodontics, University of Iowa College of Dentistry; Biomaterials and tissue engineering.
  • Robert Philibert, MD, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Molecular gene-environment (GxE) studies, human health and behavior, transcriptional profiling techniques in behavioral health.
  • Robert D. Tucker, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Thermal ablation of prostate cancer via heating ferromagnetic temperature self-regulating seeds by an extracorporeal radiofrequency magnetic field; development and testing of various laparoscopic electrosurgical electrodes.
  • Clark M. Stanford, DDS, PhD, MHA, Professor and Dean, Dental Administration and Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry; Medical device design, cellular mechanotransduction, clinical trial design, and application of novel clinical and translational approaches to evaluate medical device performance.
  • Hongli Sun, PhD, Associate Professor, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics.
  • Reza Nejadnik, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy; Delivery of proteins and growth factors for tissue regeneration, proteins at material interfaces, microneedles for drug delivery.


  • Don Anderson, PhD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine;Translational bioengineering research in post-traumatic OA, improved treatment of peri- and intra-articular fractures from high energy trauma, musculoskeletal modeling of reverse shoulder arthroplasty, orthopaedic surgical skills training and performance assessment.
  • Rajan Bhatt, PhD, Associate Research Engineer, Virtual Soldier Research Division, Center for Computer Aided Design
  • James A. Brown, MD, FACS, Professor, Department of Urology, College of Medicine
  • James DeVocht, PhD, Associate Professor, Palmer College; Mechanisms of Chiropractic care and to help bridge the gap with medical research.
  • Jacob Elkins, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine.
  • Nathan Fethke, PhD, CPE, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health
  • Jessica Goetz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine;Computational modeling, quantitative histology, foot and ankle mechanics, carpal tunnel syndrome, mechanics of metastatic bone tumors.
  • Ram Gudavalli, PhD, Professor, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care.
  • David Hasan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine.  Endovascular, Cerebrovascular, Skull Base Neurosurgery, Complex Spine.
  • Patrick W. Hitchon, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanics of the spine. Effects of trauma, tumors, and infection. Testing of implants in the cervical and lumbar and research in artificial discs.
  • Hyunggun Kim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston;  Development of advanced computational techniques for patient-specific mitral valve evaluation, and development of molecular ultrasound imaging techniques using targeted echogenic immunoliposomes.
  • Ching-Long Lin, PhD, Professor and DEO, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Multiscale simulation of gas flow and particle transport in the human lungs, turbulent flow in complex geometry, fluid-structure interaction, and parallel computing.
  • Timothy Marler, PhD, Research Scientist, Center for Computer-Aided Design and Assistant Director, Virtual Soldier Research. 
  • James A. Martin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine
  • Richard McLay, PhD, self-employed; Forensic analysis and evaluation.
  • Thomas Peters, PhD, Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health; Mechanics of aerosols, industrial ventilation, engineered nanomaterials and ultrafine particles.
  • Salam Rahmatalla, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; Biomechanics of human mostion, design and control of structures, multi-body dynamics.
  • Ingo Titze, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Biomechanics and physiology of the human vocal mechanism.
  • Ting Xia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University

Tissue Engineering and Cellular Analysis

  • Mahmoud Abou Alaiwa, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine; Regulation of airway host defenses.
  • John Engelhardt, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of Medicine; Pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis (CF) related diabetes and the development of hormone aptamer sensors and viral vectors to interrogate islet dysfunction in CF.
  • Liu Hong, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
  • Fiorenza Ianzini, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Alteration of cell-cycle progression induced by ionizing radiation and anti-cancer drug treatments.  Early and late effects of ionizing radiation on cellular DNA. Application of the Large Scale Digital Cell Analysis System (LSDCAS) to study various cellular and molecular phenomena.
  • Amy Lee, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine; Mechanisms controlling cellular excitability in the nervous and cardiovascular systems in the context of blistering skin diseases and wound healing.
  • Aliasger K. Salem , PhD, Professor, Division of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy; Development of injectable scaffolds for tissue engineering. Rational design of non-viral genedeliverysystems. Self-assembling systems.
  • John Selby, MD, PhD, FAAD, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine; Mechanobiological behaviors of human epidermal keratinocytes and fibroblasts.
  • Richard J. Smith, MD, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Director, Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, College of Medicine; Genetic basis of deafness and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis type 2 (MPGN 2).
  • David A. Stoltz, M.D., PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, College of Medicine

Diabetes Related Research

  • Stephen K. Hunter, MD, Professor, Department of Obstentrics and Gynecology - Maternal/Fetal Medicine, College of Medicine; Diabetes in pregnancy; Bioartificial Pancreas (BAP); Fetal Therapy; Neovascularization around hollow Fiber Based Bioartificial Organs Using Biologically Active Substances.

Psychological & Brain Sciences

  • Aaron D. Boes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Pyschiatry, Pediatrics - General Neurology, and Neurology;  Link between brain structure and function across the lifespan, particularly network-based localization of neurological and psychiatric symptoms. 
  • Jan Wessel, PhD, Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Neurology; Capacity of cognitive control, including (1) mechanisms of control, (2) the computational principles, neural architecture, and temporal dynamics of control processes, (3) its developmental and aging processes, and (4) its intersection with other cognitive phenomena, such as learning and memory, decision making, attention, and working memory.