Advanced Materials Processing

Laboratory Director: Dr. Fei Ren

Development and testing of advanced materials for energy applications, including solid state energy conversion, energy storage and delivery, as well as materials for energy infrastructure. Projects range from development of thermoelectric materials, design and testing of hydrogen storage vessels to graphene and graphene-like materials for energy applications. We hope to help building a greener and sustainable world by improving energy efficiency, utilizing renewable energy, and improving the reliability of energy systems. Visit the Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory website.

Asphalt Lab

Director: Dr. Ahmed Faheem

Dedicated to studying pavement management, sustainable infrastructure, pavement rehabilitation, in service pavement performance characterization, asphalt binder, mastic, and mixture laboratory characterization, rheological analysis and modeling.

BellasFATLab

Director: Dr. Evangelia Bellas

We study how adipocytes, the main cell type found in adipose tissue (fat), interact with their microenvironment to learn how fat functions under normal and disease conditions. This is done through three-dimensional tissue engineered models to examine how interactions with the extracellular matrix influence adipocyte behavior and conversely, how adipocytes remodel their microenvironment in response to various cues. We also explore microfluidic, fat-on-chip systems to examine how the vasculature impacts adipose tissue function. We apply this understanding of adipose tissue to study two main areas: (1) metabolic diseases, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes and (2) soft tissue regeneration and reconstruction for filling of soft tissue defects caused by trauma, tumor resections or congenital defects. Visit the BellasFATlab website.

Biofluidics Lab

Director: Mohammad F. Kiani, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.

Developing fluidic models to realistically mimic the microvascular and tissue conditions and to better understand the inflammatory process in disease conditions. We are developing a series of novel technologies for targeting drugs to irradiated tumors and pro-angiogenic compounds to infracted cardiac tissue and a “microvascular network on a chip” for studying microvascular drug delivery. The research is highly interdisciplinary in nature and involves a number of important collaborative efforts with scientists and engineers in academia and in industry.

Temple Biomechanics Lab

Director: Dr. Kurosh Darvish

The lab studies constitutive modeling of aorta and brain tissues and injury biomechanics of aortic rupture and traumatic brain injury. We utilize state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods to study tissues rate dependence, nonlinearity, heterogeneity, anisotropy, and damage at macroscopic and cellular scales. The research at Temple Biomechanics Lab (TBL) has been primarily funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, US Navy, and Depuy Spine in addition to Temple support. Our research is interdisciplinary in nature and as such involves several important collaborative efforts with Temple Medical School and Bioengineering faculty to develop injury metrics in TBI models, with the Cardiovascular Research Center to study the microstructure of aortic dissection and orthopedic-related projects with Orthopedic Surgery and the Rothman Institute.

Composites Laboratory

Director: Dr. Parasoaran Hutapea

The Composites Lab works on research, analysis, work and testing of composite materials for the development and design of self-actuating smart needles would benefit many medical procedures by closing the control loop through quantitative sensory feedback and the ability to adjust the needle trajectory in real-time. Therefore, the topic of steering flexible needles through soft tissue has attracted considerable attention in the recent years. Other research includes improvements to hydrogen fuel cells and the development of a nano pipetting device specifically designed for a novel 2-D membrane electrophoresis that involves separation of proteins complexes directly on protein blotting membrane. Successful development of the pipetting device will aid biological researchers to study protein interactions for understanding function and regulation of proteins within cells.

Computer Fusion Laboratory

Director: Dr. Li Bai

The Computer Fusion Laboratory (CFL) is part of Temple University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department under the leadership of department chair Dr. Li Bai. The CFL pursues research in various areas of engineering including distributed sensing and computing, multi-agent systems, wireless sensor networks, augmented reality and more. The think tank style laboratory explores what makes our world tick. For more information visit the Computer Fusion Laboratory website.

Contaminant Fate & Transport Lab

Director: Dr. Erica McKenzie

Dedicated to the investigation of physicochemical processes, environmental chemistry, remediation, and fate & transport, our lab performs experimental research on societally and environmentally relevant issues, and our research addresses both natural and engineered treatment systems. Our approaches include laboratory up to field scale, and the results contribute to society’s understanding of processes that affect pollutants in our environment. Visit the McKenzie Environmental Research Group.

Control, Sensor, Network, and Perception (CSNAP) Laboratory

Director: Dr. Chang Hee Won

At the CSNAP laboratory, we investigate various topics in sensors and control theory with applications in biomedical engineering and aerospace engineering. Currently, we are performing research in tactile imaging sensors, navigation sensors, neural networks, and nonlinear statistical control theory. This laboratory is located in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.A. The laboratory is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the United States Air Force, Pennsylvania Department of Health, BioStrategy Partners, and Temple University.

Institute for Signal and Information Processing (ISIP)

Director: Dr. Joseph Picone

The Institute oversees the Neural Engineering Data Consortium in the development open source big data resources designed to accelerate progress in machine learning applications in bioengineering. The Institute also is part of a NIH grant with the primary goal to enable comparative research by automatically uncovering clinical knowledge from a vast BigData archive of clinical EEG signals and EEG reports and creation of open source databases that can be used for high performance deep learning models. Visit the Institute’s website for more about its publications and research.

Geotechnical Research Lab

Director: Dr. Joseph Coe Jr.

Primary research areas focus on non-destructive and geophysical methods for visualizing the subsurface and their applications to geotechnical issues. These methods are applied to various geotechnical topics related to development, rehabilitation, and maintenance of resilient and sustainable infrastructure systems. Much of the research performed by the group is highly hands-on with experimentation utilizing innovative sensors and measurement systems at model-scale in the laboratory and full-scale in the field. Current research projects and proposals under development include topics related to unknown foundation evaluation, bridge scour countermeasures, site characterization for seismic hazards, effects of multiple soil-structure-interaction systems, geothermal foundations, and geomicrobiological treatment of soils. Visit the Geotechnical Research Lab.

Integrated Cellular Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (i-CTERM)

Director: Dr. Peter Lelkes

Researchers work together in an open lab setting that includes brand new cell culture rooms, a series of new microscopes for biological and materials confocal imaging, instruments for materials testing and equipment for creating a variety of three dimensional scaffolds. Visit: www.icterm.net. Lemay Lab Director: Dr. Michel Lemay The Lemay research group focuses on understanding the functioning and contribution of the spinal circuitry to the control of locomotion, and how this circuitry can be re-engaged for rehabilitation purposes following injury. A number of tools are used to activate and probe the spinal circuitry, techniques ranging from cellular delivery of neurotrophic factors to electrical stimulation of the spinal cord or its afferent feedback to locomotor re-training and multiunit recording of interneuronal activity during locomotion.

LISTEN Lab

Director: Dr. Haijun Liu

The lab aims to transform the science of sensor technology, with a particular focus on acoustics, to exceed the capability of sensor systems found in nature. The research tackles challenges from the “3M” aspects, i.e., mechanism, material, and mechanics. The lab explores new bio-inspired sensing mechanisms, and engineers advanced materials including nanomaterials and metamaterial, while developing a solid understanding of the underlying mechanics. Learn more about the research at the LISTEN lab website.

Membrane Separation Lab

Director: Dr. Avner Ronen

Current research focuses on the development of electrically conductive membranes based on nanomaterials for enhancing membrane separation abilities and enabling advanced oxidation/reduction processes coupled with membrane processes.

Microscopy of Complex Environments (MiCE)

Director: Dr. Bojana Gligorijevic

MiCE investigates mechanisms of tumor cell metastasis by implementing established and developing new microscopy technologies at multiple scales, combined with approaches from cell biology, tissue engineering and systems biology into a systems microscopy. We strive towards predicting tumor cell decisions, which are a dynamical, ever-changing outcome of multiple mechanical and chemical signals from different cell-based and extracellular sources. While we are excited about engineering new technologies and highly curious about mechanistic understanding of metastasis, our overarching goal is to translate our findings into improved diagnostics for early metastasis and point to novel therapeutic targets.

Multimodal Sensing and Imaging Lab

Director: Dr. Fauzia Ahmad

The lab pursues advanced research, analysis, testing, and development efforts in microwave and millimeter wave sensing modalities for a variety of defense and civilian applications. Currently, research investigations targets advances in passive synthetic aperture radar imaging, forward-looking ground penetrating radar, remote patient monitoring and eldercare, automotive radar, compressive sensing, and coexistence of radar and communications.

Neural Instrumentation Lab

Director: Dr. Iyad Obeid

Developing technology for interfacing electronics to neural tissue. The lab is primarily interested in signal processing algorithms and implementations and mechanisms for recording and decoding electrical signals from the brain, with applications in Brain Machine Interfaces. Visit the Engineering the Interface lab.

Optical Diagnostic Research Lab

Director: Dr. Chetan Patil

Our lab is focused on development of label-free, biochemically specific, optical imaging and spectroscopy techniques for screening and diagnosis of disease, intraoperative surgical guidance, and applications to priority issues in global health.

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Director: Dr. Philip Dames

The lab seeks to enable teams of mobile robots to autonomously explore and gather information with limited a prior knowledge of the given situation, turning sensor data into actionable information. This work has immediate application to a broad range of scenarios, including infrastructure inspection, security and surveillance, mapping, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and search and rescue. In any of these scenarios there is uncertainty in the environment, the sensors, and the robots. Additionally, the number of objects of interest (e.g., injured persons in a first responder scenario) is often unknown, and there may be unpredictable physical phenomena. Mathematical tools and building systems can be used to direct robots to explicitly consider and reason all of these sources of uncertainty in real-world applications.

Signals and Information Processing Lab (SIPL)

Director: Dr. Yimin Zhang

His general research interests lie in the areas of statistical signal and array processing, time-frequency analysis, compressive sensing, and convex optimization for applications in wireless communications, radar, RFID, navigation, and assisted living.

Spence Lab

Director: Dr. Andrew Spence

Gaining an understanding of how neural and musculoskeletal systems work together to control movement, with the long-term aim of improving the quality of life of those with neuromuscular disease or injury is the primary focus of the Spence group. We engineer new technologies for sensing and perturbing intact of freely moving animals in order to improve our ability to dissect the neuromechanical systems underlying movement. Two current areas of interest are on the role of constraints (stability, energetics) in shaping quadrupedal gait control and in applying new neurogenetic techniques to dissect the control of fast legged locomotion, and to ultimately better treat spinal cord injuries. For the latter, we are exploring the possibility that viral gene therapeutic methods that deliver chemogenetic tools (DREADDs) can stimulate afferent neurons to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. Visit the Spence Lab.

Synthetic Biomaterials And Stem Cell Engineering Laboratory

Director: Dr. Won H. Suh

The Suh lab seeks the development of enabling biomaterials technologies involving peptides, hydrogels, small molecules, polymeric particles, and nanostructured materials. The main focus of the lab is controlling biological pathways involved in the neural stem cell differentiation process. Other focuses include the use of biomaterials for wound healing and cancer research. Please visit our lab for more information.

System Design Chip Laboratory

Director: Dr. Dennis Silage

The mission of the SCDL is to forge a new paradigm for the rapid design of complex digital systems, digital signal and image processing, digital communications, and advanced processor systems in programmable gate arrays (PGA) reconfigurable system-on-chip (SOC) architectures utilizing behavioral analysis and synthesis and industry-standard digital design and embedded system computer aided (CAD) software tools. Learn more about the lab.

Tissue Imaging & Spectroscopy Laboratory

Director: Dr. Nancy Pleshko

Our lab focuses on assessment of tissues at the molecular, cellular, and structural level through application of state-of-the-art vibrational spectroscopy, including mid- and near-infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging, in concert with complementary techniques. We develop spectral imaging methods for clinical and laboratory assessment of bone, cartilage, meniscus, ligament, tendon, skin and cardiovascular tissues, as well as for developing engineered tissues, and for assessment of plant composition. In addition, we're interested in the effect of biological interventions, such as anti-resorptive agents, on bone quality and mechanical properties.

Water & Environmental Technology Center

Director: Dr. Rominder Suri

The WET Center is a National Science Foundation Industry (NSF) and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), led by Temple University with partner sites at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, that specializes in overall water purity and health. The Center has been developing a platform of water treatment technologies and scientific information systems that apply to a wide variety of industrial sectors such as defense, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, food and beverage, mining, municipal water and wastewater utilities and treatment, unconventional oil and gas, and other industries. The Center’s core work deals with water reuse, drinking water and wastewater treatment, water for use in industrial manufacturing, source water protection, stormwater management, environmental studies, risk assessments, sustainability, analytical methods development, and real-time sensors for water quality monitoring and process control. Visit the WET Center.

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