Biomedical Engineering Master of Engineering (M.E.) – Biomedical Engineering Specialization

Faculty

V. Chandrasekar

V. Chandrasekar – Professor
(970) 491-7981 | chandra@engr.colostate.edu

V. "Chandra" Chandrasekar, Ph.D., is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University and is also affiliated with Colorado State University CHILL National Radar Facility. He has over twenty years of experience working with various aspects of radar systems. He has been a visiting professor at the National Research Council in Italy and actively conducts research publishing extensively in the area of radar systems and applications.

Seth Donahue

Seth Donahue – Associate Professor
(970) 297-5050 | seth.donahue@colostate.edu

Dr. Donahue received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the UC, Davis. His post-doc fellowship was in cell biology at the Pennsylvania State University Medical Center. He taught at Michigan Tech University for 10 years prior to joining CSU.

Dr. Donahue's research is in areas of bone biology and mechanics, with implications for osteoporosis treatment, limb salvage, fracture healing, and tissue regeneration. He is the PI for more than $2M in grants from agencies such as the NIH and the Whitaker Foundation. He established hibernating bears as a model for preventing immobilization-induced osteoporosis. Dr. Donahue's lab cloned the gene for black bear parathyroid hormone and uses the recombinantly produced protein to reverse osteoporosis in animal models. He currently oversees research projects on bone regeneration in critical sized bone defects, bone allograft healing, and bone revitalization and regeneration in osteosarcoma.

Matt J Kipper

Matt J Kipper – Associate Professor
(970) 491-0870 | matthew.kipper@colostate.edu

Matt Kipper joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CSU in the fall of 2006 as an assistant professor. After earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2000, Kipper stayed at ISU for a Ph.D., awarded in 2004. While at Iowa State, Kipper worked to develop a polymer-based system for single-dose vaccine delivery. Before joining CSU in 2006, Dr. Kipper worked as a guest researcher for two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a joint NIST/NIH fellowship from the National Research Council. There, Dr. Kipper developed experimental and mathematical modeling techniques to study the migration of connective tissue cells on biomaterials with gradients of adhesion ligand peptides. This work has impact in the design of new materials for wound healing and tissue engineering applications, and in the understanding of the phenomenon of cell migration in general. At CSU, Kipper's research continues to be in the general area of polymeric materials for biomedical applications. He is exploring the polyelectrolyte properties of biologically derived polysaccharides, and how these properties can be exploited to tailor the nanostructure of biomaterials. He is also studying interactions of proteins and cells with these nanostructed materials to optimize their surface properties for particular biomedical applications.

Arun Kota

Arun Kota – Assistant Professor
(970) 492-4825 | arun.kota@colostate.edu

Arun Kota joined mechanical engineering at CSU as an Assistant Professor in 2013. Leveraging his diverse education and training in multiple fields, he pursues highly interdisciplinary and innovative research that spans across materials, mechanical, chemical, and biomedical engineering with a focus on both fundamental and applied aspects of surface and interfacial science. By systematically tailoring the surface nanostructure or hierarchical structure and surface or interfacial energy, his research attempts to understand and design novel superhydrophobic surfaces, superomniphobic surfaces, icephobic surfaces, chemically patterned surfaces, stimuli-responsive surfaces, paper-based microfluidic devices, bio-compatible surfaces, and other bio-inspired surfaces for a wide variety of applications.

Arun Kota has three patents and 20+ publications, which are cited 1000+ times. His work was highlighted by Nature, Bloomberg TV, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, ACS News, NASA Tech Briefs, Chemical & Engineering News, and several other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He received the Best Science Paper Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2014 and the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Biomedical Engineering at CSU in 2016.

Diego Krapf

Diego Krapf – Associate Professor
(970) 491-4255 | krapf@engr.colostate.edu

Diego Krapf was born in Rosario, Argentina. During his Ph.D. research he worked on infrared optics on nanostructured materials. Then, Dr. Krapf joined the research group of Prof. Cees Dekker in the Netherlands where he focused on single-molecule biophysics using solid-state nanopores. Since August 2007, he serves as a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Krapf is also associate professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering. His current research interests include cellular biophysics at the single-molecule level, with particular emphasis on membrane and cytoskeleton dynamics.

Ketul Popat

Ketul Popat – Associate Professor
(970) 491-1468 | ketul.popat@colostate.edu

Dr. Ketul C. Popat is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. His research interests include biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, cancer, controlled release, biocompatibility, biomaterials, orthopaedics, and bio-nanotechnology.

Dr. Popat received his M.Engr. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

David A. Prawel

David A. Prawel – Senior Research Scientist
(970) 491-4386 | david.prawel@colostate.edu

David Prawel has been a consultant and entrepreneur in 3D technology and digital product development for over 30 years. He helped build 5 startup companies, with one successful IPO and one in the works. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Buffalo, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently on the Research Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, where he researches biomimetic and polymeric biomaterials. He also recently founded a community-access center for 3D printing and personal fabrication, www.idea2product.net.

Stuart A. Tobet

Stuart A. Tobet – Professor
(970) 491-1672 | stuart.tobet@colostate.edu

Stuart A. Tobet, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering at Colorado State University. He currently serves as Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering. Tobet obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Biological Sciences at MIT in 1985 and completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He became Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in 1989 and was a visiting instructor at the University of Hawaii Medical School that same year. In 2000, Tobet became Associate Professor of Physiology at UMASS Medical School. In 2003, he joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at CSU.

Tobet began several transdisciplinary projects at CSU that brought together faculty in biomedical sciences with those in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, leading to his appointment as Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering in 2010. He has directed courses in developmental neurobiology, biomedical entrepreneurship, grant writing, and STEM communication. Tobet has co-authored more than 135 refereed journal articles and more than 10 book chapters or monographs. He is currently on the editorial board of three journals and is a senior editor for one of them. His research interests include the utilization of microfluidics, electrochemistry, and lab-on-a-chip technologies in the context of key biological questions for barrier tissues in the body.

Chris Weinberger

Chris Weinberger – Assistant Professor
(970) 491-1625 | chris.weinberger@colostate.edu

Christopher R. Weinberger, Ph.D., joined Colorado State University's mechanical engineering department in the Fall of 2016. He has spent the past three years as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department at Drexel University. His professional experience includes time as a Mechanical Engineer at Lockheed Martin (2001-2005) as well as working at Sandia National Laboratories as a Harry S. Truman Fellow (2009-2012) and a Senior R&D S&E Staff member (2012-2013). Dr. Weinberger holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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