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. 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 in this Area

  • Chris Highley, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Developing 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.

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  • Song Hu, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Developing techniques that combine optics and ultrasound for in vivo high-resolution imaging of anatomical, functional, metabolic, and molecular contrasts at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

    Biomedical Optics and Ultrasound Lab
  • Craig Meyer, Ph.D


    Developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for rapid acquisition of image data in the setting of cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disease, using tools in physics, signal processing, and image reconstruction.

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  • Rich Price, Ph.D.


    Developing ultrasound-activated drug and gene delivery systems for treating cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Investigating the mechanisms through which collateral arteries grow and adapt in response to changes in blood flow.

    Price Lab
  • Gustavo Rohde, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Developing computational predictive models using machine learning and signal and image processing with applications in pathology, radiology, systems biology and mobile sensing.

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  • Eli Zunder, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Analysis of stem cell fate using single cell mass cytometry and high-dimensional modeling of cell lineage trajectories.

    Zunder Lab

BME Joint Faculty in Brain Disorders Research

  • Christopher Deppmann, PhD

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Pursuing the molecular basis for long-distance neurotrophic construction signaling, how TNFR family signaling suppresses pro-growth cues to promote nervous system refinement, building non-invasive tools to better understand the signaling pathways underlying neural circuit assembly and function, and applying what we've learned about the development of the nervous system to nervous system pathology related to degeneration, pain, and metabolism.

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  • Kyle Lampe, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Biomaterials for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery within the central nervous system, developing both synthetic polymers and recombinant engineered proteins.

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  • Matthew Panzer, PhD

    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Applied Biomechanics

    mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Using computational and experimental methods to study the mechanisms of injury from impacts sustained in sports collisions, automotive crashes, and the military, to develop new technologies for injury prevention.

    Center for Applied Biomechanics

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