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
Affordable Medical Devices and Technologies
Chairs for children with cerebral palsy, bed-sore mitigation, toxic material filters, saliva-based diabetes tests, hand-held diagnostic devices, and remote medical tracking systems. Devices which provide freedom from disability.
Biocompatible medical materials, nanoscale-engineered smart materials, device-tissue interface, and cell-material interactions.
Biomechanics & Bio-Inspired Design
Bio-inspired self-propulsion technologies, control systems, optimization techniques, shape morphing, cardiovascular mechanics, biomolecular nanomechanics, and muscle and membrane mechanics.
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.
Medical Diagnostic and Monitoring On-Chip Devices
Magnetic spectroscopy, bioassay, and drug-screening platforms, micro-PCR and sequencer, and on-chip bio-sensors.
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, terahertz imaging, Raman spectroscopy, photoacoustic tomography, thermoacoustic tomography, compressed ultrafast photography, holographic microscopy, non-invasive label-free biomedical imaging and magnetic resonance imaging, wearable biosensors.
Integrated nanoelectronics and circuits for medical applications, extremely low power medical electronics and sensors, high bandwidth wireless communication devices, self-healing circuits and systems, on-chip tera-hertz sources, and systems-on-a-chip.
Micro/Nano Medical Technologies and Devices
Biochips, bio-MEMS/NEMS, micro-/nano-fabrication, holographic microscopy, and photoacoustic microscopy for medical applications.
Nano & Micro Fluidics
Micro-/nano-fluidics, drug delivery, and physiological machines.
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.
Wireless Medical Technologies
Wireless communications through skins and tissues for medical electronic implants, electrograms, wireless power transfer, and biotic/abiotic interfaces.