Brain Disorders

UVA biomedical engineers are pioneering novel visualization methods to better understand brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. 

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These methods range from neuronal labeling, to in-vivo microscopic imaging of cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism, to human brain imaging and image analysis. We are taking a leading role in developing new approaches for treating brain cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and essential tremor using focused ultrasound and ultrasound-activated drug and gene delivery.

BME Primary Faculty

Sameer Bajikar

Assistant Professor, Departments of Cell Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Sameer Bajikar, Ph.D., uses multidisciplinary techniques to study the biological processes that go awry in brain development in neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. His group is developing novel human stem cell and genetically engineered mouse…

Christopher B. Highley

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Christopher Highley develops materials and fabrication technologies to enable the design and construction of complex cellular and material systems, with the goal of addressing fundamental and translational problems in biomedicine. 

Kelsey Kubelick

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Kelsey Kubelick leads an interdisciplinary, applications-driven lab developing advanced theranostic imaging techniques, particularly ultrasound and photoacoustic (PA) technologies.

Craig H. Meyer

Professor, Biomedical Engineering Professor, Radiology and Medical Imaging
Craig Meyer develops magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for rapid acquisition and processing of image data in the setting of cardiovascular disease, neural diseases, and pediatrics, using tools in physics, signal processing, image reconstruction, and machine learning.

Gustavo Kunde Rohde

Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Rohde, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, develops computational predictive models with applications in pathology, radiology, systems biology, and mobile sensing. He earned a B.S. degree 1999, M.S. degree in in 2001 from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in 2005 from the University of Maryland.

Eli Zunder

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Eli Zunder analyzes stem cell fate using single cell mass cytometry and high-dimensional modeling of cell lineage trajectories. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from UCSF in 2009.

BME Joint Faculty in Brain Disorders Research

Christopher Deppmann

Associate Professor of Biology Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Christopher Deppman has been interested in the mechanisms underlying long-distance signaling in the context of nervous system development since he was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the laboratory of David Ginty (now at Harvard). 

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The University of Virginia’s  multidisciplinary Brain Institute has begun establishing the University as a national and state hub for basic and clinical brain research and education, and as a treatment center for brain diseases and disorders.