Translational Engineering

Many of the most intractable challenges of our time are too complex to be solved by a single discipline. The Translational Engineering area aims to apply an engineering approach to solve some of the world’s most critical and challenging problems. This highly interdisciplinary focus area leverages expertise from a variety of fields, including computer science, data science, chemistry, biomedical engineering, physics, medicine, and mathematics. Researchers from these broad fields of expertise collaborate to develop new imaging technologies, therapeutic strategies, and products that ultimately promise to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.

Biomimetic Cilia

Living systems employ cilia to control and to sense the flow of fluids for many purposes, such as pumping, locomotion...

Metabolomic Networks and C. diff infections

Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) accounts for a substantial proportion of deaths attributable to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Although C. difficile can be an asymptomatic colonizer...


Recent Publications

Metabolomic Networks Connect Host-Microbiome Processes to Human Clostridioides difficile infections. J. I. Robinson, W. H. Weir∗, J. R. Crowley, T. Hink, K. A. Reske, J. H. Kwon, C.-A. D. Burnham, E. R. Dubberke, — & J. P. Henderson. J Clin Invest, Volume 129, Issue 9, 2019, 3792–3806.

Magnetically Actuated Nanorod Arrays as Biomimetic Cilia. Evans, B.A., A.R. Shields, R.L. Carroll, S. Washburn, M.R. Falvo, and R. Superfine. Nano Lett. 2007. 7(5): p. 1428-34.

Biomimetic Cilia Arrays Generate Simultaneous Pumping and Mixing Regimes. A. R. Shields, B. L. Fiser, B. A. Evans, M. R. Falvo, S. Washburn, and R. Superfine. PNAS September 7, 2010. 107 (36) 15670-15675.