Medical Engineering at Caltech focuses on the applications of micro-/nanoscale engineering sciences and technologies to the design, analysis, and implementation of diagnostic, therapeutic, and monitoring devices for translational medicine.
Areas of Research
Micro/Nano Medical Technologies and Devices
Biochips, bio-MEMS/NEMS, micro-/nano-fabrication, and photoacoustic microscopy for medical applications.
Wireless Medical Technologies
Wireless communications through skins and tissues for medical electronic implants, electrograms, and biotic/abiotic interfaces.
Integrated nanoelectronics and circuits for medical applications, extremely low power medical electronics and sensors, high band- width wireless communication devices, self-healing circuits and systems, on-chip tera-hertz sources, and systems-on-a-chip.
Medical Diagnostic and Monitoring On-Chip Devices
Magnetic spectroscopy, bioassay, and drug-screening platforms, micro-PCR and sequencer, and on-chip bio-sensors.
Medical Diagnostic, Monitoring, and Therapeutic Implants
Microscale implants with new functionalities to interface intact tissues and/or to replace defective functions: retinal implants, spinal cord implants, ECG implants, cardiovascular implants, implantable pressure sensors, glucose sensors, drug delivery pumps, and implantable bio-analyte sensors.
Biocompatible medical materials, nanoscale-engineered smart materials, device-tissue interface, and cell-material interactions.
Nano & Micro Fluidics
Micro-/nano-fluidics, drug delivery, and physiological machines.
Medical Imaging and Sensing
Medical photonics and sensors, advanced imaging technologies, micro flow-field imaging, computational image analysis, lensless microscopy-on-a-chip, diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, and shock waves, single-molecule detection and diagnostics, magnetic spectroscopy, tera-hertz imaging, Raman spectroscopy, photoacoustic tomography, thermoacoustic tomography, non-invasive label-free biomedical imaging and magnetic resonance imaging.
Biomechanics & Bio-Inspired Design
Bio-inspired self-propulsion technologies, control systems, optimization techniques, and shape morphing, cardiovascular mechanics, biomolecular nanomechanics, and muscle and membrane mechanics.
Neural prosthetics and direct brain-machine interfaces, human prosthetics for paralysis, pure-thought-based control of external electromechanical devices, computer-decoding algorithms for direct brain interface, and robotic fingers.
Affordable Medical Devices and Technologies
Chairs for children with cerebral palsy, bed-sore mitigation, toxic material filters, saliva-based diabetes tests, and remote medical tracking systems. Devices which provide freedom from disability.