Biomedical Engineering

Researchers


Dr. Heather Carnahan is a Professor and Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Heather completed her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include:
  1. Human motor skill learning and retention (i.e., forgetting);
  2. Role of haptics (sense of touch) in the control in the control of hand movements; and
  3. Motor learning and control in real life contexts (e.g., marine survival).
Dr. Stephen Czarnuch is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Faculty of Medicine. Stephen completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto with focus on human tracking, ambient intelligence and automated task assistance systems. His research interests include:
  1. To develop medical devices (i.e., ambient, intelligent, contextually aware and adaptive devices) that can support people suffering from the loss of cognition associated with dementia;
  2. To objectively assess the efficacy of medical treatments, interventions, and rehabilitation (e.g., in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Stroke); and
  3. To unobtrusively track the activities of patients during exercise interventions in order to automatically detect the presence of unsafe conditions (e.g., the rapid onset of fatigue in people with MS).
Website: Dr. Stephen Czarnuch
Dr. Diana De Carvalho is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Discipline of Medicine) with a cross-appointment to the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Diana completed her Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include:
  1. Low back injury mechanisms, especially in seated postures (acute and repetitive tissue overload, strain of passive tissues, and altered neuromuscular control);
  2. Musculoskeletal treatment options (spine manipulation, stretching, soft tissue therapy and exercise); and
  3. Prevention strategies (movement breaks, ergonomic aids, alternative work environments, early diagnostic indicators)
Website: Dr. Diana De Carvalho
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Dr. Peter Hollett is a Professor of Radiology (Nuclear Medicine) in the Faculty of Medicine. Peter completed his Bachelor of Engineering and MD at Memorial University. He is currently working to develop a new clinical and research centre (end-2015) containing a state-of-the-art cyclotron, PET scanner and radiopharmacy. Potential opportunities for collaboration include:
  1. Design and construction of specialized hot cells to safely manipulate short acting positron emitters;
  2. Radiocassettes for radiochemical production; and
  3. Transportation with radiation safety optimization.
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Dr. Ting Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Ting completed her PhD at Memorial University with her research focused on 2 inter-related areas: bio-inspired computing and bioinformatics. Her specific research interests include:
  1. Designing robust meta-heuristic evolutionary algorithms;
  2. Mining large-scale biomedical data using complex networks and machine-learning techniques; and
  3. Using simulated computational evolution to study core mechanisms of natural evolution.
Website: Dr. Ting Hu
Dr. Scott MacKinnon is a Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation with a cross-appointment to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Scott completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include:
  1. Health and safety in marine and coastal occupations;
  2. Understanding the relationship between physical work exposure and health risk; and
  3. The impact of participatory ergonomics in the establishment of safe and healthy work environments.
Dr. Erika Merschrod is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Erika completed her PhD in applied theoretical chemistry at Cornell University. Her research interests include:
  1. Biomaterials/tools to address issues in biomedical science;
  2. Artificial tissue scaffolds & tailored matricies for in-vitro oriented/polarized cell studies; and
  3. Methods for characterizing nanomechanical response in natural tissue.
 
Dr. Sam Nakhla is an Assistant Professor with the Faulty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Department of Mechanical Engineering). His research interests include:
  1. Biomaterial modeling of bone and soft tissue;
  2. Medical CAD for reconstructive science in medicine; and
  3. Lower limb prosthetics (interface and foot);
Photo Pope Dr. Kevin Pope is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Department of Mechanical Engineering). Kevin completed his PhD at the University Ontario Institute of Technology with focus on physiochemical characterization, multiphase flow and heat transfer for thermochemical energy conversion and storage. He is open to exploring a range of Biomedical Engineering topics that might benefit from his expertise. His research interests include:
  1. Fluid dynamics (porous media, viscous effects);
  2. CFD modelling of transient flows; and
  3. Heat transfer and phase change.
Website: Dr. Kevin Pope
Dr. Sarah Power is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Faculty of Medicine (Discipline of Internal Medicine). Sarah completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto focused on the use of near-infrared spectroscopy for use in an active brain-computer interface. Her research interests include:
  1. Cognitive-state monitoring for enhancing human-machine interaction;
  2. Novel communication and control pathways for individuals with severe motor disabilities; and
  3. Computer-aided diagnosis based on neural, physiological and biomechanical signals.
Dr. Rodney Russell is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine (Immunology and Infectious Diseases). Rodney completed his PhD at McGill University. His research interests include:
  1. Molecular Virology
  2. Drug Targets and Discovery
  3. Viral Immunology
Website: Dr. Rodney Russell
Dr. Mohamed Shehata is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering). He completed his PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary. His biomedical engineering research interests include:
  1. Object detection and tracking in ultrasound imagery;
  2. Sensor-based remote patient monitoring; and
  3. Handwashing monitoring in medical establishments
Dr. Andrew Smith is a Family/Emergency Medicine physician and Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine. He is cross-appointed with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences having completed an undergraduate and masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Andrew is heavily involved in Point of Care Ultrasound education and building formal biomedical engineering opportunities at Memorial. His research interests include:
  1. Monitoring and prediction of worsening congestive heart failure using low-cost ultrasound;
  2. Telemedicine and telementoring technologies in the acute care setting; and
  3. Emergency Department efficiency, analtyics and optimization.