CHI is developing novel medical technologies and services that enable early diagnosis of disease, improve the effectiveness of therapies and treatments and generate better patient outcomes at reduced costs. Tissue engineering research using patient biopsies facilitates drug development and enables the personalization of therapeutic regiments for individual patients. Research into biomaterials improves prosthetic devices, biomedical implants and infection control. Engineering of biosensors and high-tech medical devices advances diagnostics and therapeutics. To improve medical outcomes, increase operational efficiencies in healthcare delivery, and reduce overall costs, the CHI is developing mobile apps to monitor consumer health, conducting healthcare economics research and advancing systems tools to analyze, visualize and model complex healthcare data.

A summary of major healthcare-related research themes currently active within each school appear below:

Schaefer School of Engineering and Science

  • Drug discovery, delivery and computational chemistry (Peter Tolias, Yong Zhang, Sunil Paliwal, James, Liang, Sesha Alluri, Phil Leopold)
  • Tissue engineering applied to personalized medicine, drug development and therapy assessment (Hongjun Wang, Xiaojun Yu, Antonio Valdevit, Robert Chang, Manu Manoor, Woo Lee, Peter Tolias)
  • Biomaterials for prosthetics, implanted biomedical devices, tissue engineering and infection control (Matthew Libera, Dilhan Kalyon, EH Yang, CH Choi, James Liang, Hongjun Wang, Xiaojun Yu, Pinar Akcora)
  • Computational analysis, modeling and transmission of complex biological and medical data (Samantha Kleinberg, Adriana Compagnoni, R. Chandramouli, Dominic Duggan, Narayan Ganesan, Yingying (Jennifer) Chen)
  • Biosensors, biorobotics and biomedical devices (George McConnell, Carrie E. Perlman, Athula Attygale, Vikki Hazelwood, Ramana Vinjamuri, Yan Meng, Hady Salloum, Negar Tavassolian)
  • Biomechanics and physiology (Tony Valdevit, Arthur Ritter, Joseph Glavy)

School of Systems and Enterprises

  • Healthcare analytics and predictive modeling to improve operational efficiencies in hospitals, corporations and government agencies (Bill Rouse, Robert Cloutier, Michael Pennock
  • Analysis/optimization of complex systems, mathematical models for sensor networks, computational modeling of resilience and evolutionary optimization algorithms (Mo Mansouri, Jose Ramirez-Marquez)

School of Business

  • Process innovation in drug, diagnostic and medical device companies (Michael zur Muehlen, Pat Holahan)
  • Pharmaceutical sales, marketing and supply chain management (Chris Asakiewicz)
  • Human capital and training an evolving healthcare workforce (Tal Ben-Zvi, Donald Lombardi)
  • Business intelligence/analytics, social network-based creation of trends and defining standards (Jeffrey Nickerson)

College of Arts and Letters

  • Effects of sound on health (Robert Harari)
  • Medical anthropology, policy and ethics (Theresa MacPhail, Michael Steinmann)