Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Laboratories and Faculty Researchers

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Faculty Researchers

Caroline G.L. Cao, Ph.D.

Professor
Ohio Research Scholar for the Ohio Imaging Research and Innovation Network (OIRAIN)
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas include human factors of medical systems, design and evaluation of enabling technology (e.g., robotics, image guidance, haptics) for minimally invasive surgery, training of surgical skills in real and virtual simulators, and decision-making and team communication in the operating room.


Frank W. Ciarallo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas include: control and management of supply chain systems, interaction of risk and competition in game theoretic models of inventory systems with multiple competing entities, supply uncertainty and risk in inventory models, multi-objectivization as a technique for solving difficult single-objective optimization problems via evolutionary algorithms, software and conceptual modeling tools for more effective simulation modeling, agent-based modeling of ballistic impacts.


Sherif Elbasiouny, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Departments of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology; and Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas: neuroengineering and computational neuroscience for analysis of disease mechanisms and identification of drugs targets, neurorehabilitation and sensorimotor control of neural prostheses after peripheral or spinal cord injury, investigation of neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., ALS). Methods employed in the research program include computational modeling, electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, behavioral and motor performance analysis, electrical stimulation.


Mary Fendley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas include cognitive engineering, modeling, decision analysis, and human factors engineering, metrics development within the intelligence analysis domain, decision aiding for multimodal information processing, modeling from human-in-the-loop testing, cognitive workload evaluation, and decision support for cognitive biases.


Jennie Gallimore, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas include Human performance, human factors engineering, industrial and systems engineering analysis, engineering health care systems, aviation (manned and unmanned), trust in complex systems, autonomy, and user interfacing.


Subhashini Ganapathy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research: Focus on core areas of mobile computing, decision making, user-experience assessment, and human factors engineering. Primary areas of application include engineering education, consumer products, military operations, supply chain, and healthcare. She is a proud recipient of the prestigious Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications, INFORMS Society, 2005.


Tarun Goswami, D.Sc.

Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas include studying the applicability of engineering materials in biomedical fields such as total joint replacements and characterizing their mechanics and durability. New bio/nano-material development and assessing their biocompatibility. Design and development of orthopedic related devices, injury (traumatic brain injury and cervical spinal injury) and device biomechanics assessments. Probabilistic and deterministic design and failure analyses of medical and engineering components. Laboratories supporting these efforts maintain imaging database, computational modeling and analysis software and mechanical testing of hard bones to research bone mechanics.


Nasser H. Kashou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Dr. Kashou has a background in medical imaging and image processing. Within the last ten years, he has worked on neuroimaging analysis and support, specifically in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Some of this analysis has included functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and volumetric analysis. His minor areas of specialization have been vision science and neuroscience, specifically oculomotor function. Most recently, he has been working on segmentation of brain regions, DTI and fMRI for mild traumatic brain injury, infantile nystagmus syndrome, convergence insufficiency and the effects of anesthesia on adolescents. Other research interests include neuroimaging using diffuse optical tomography (DOT). Dr. Kashou currently runs the biomedical imaging lab (BMIL) at WSU. He is also the director of the fNIRS (functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy) lab under the BMIL core. This lab consists of a NIRS system along with a portable physiological monitoring unit. Both these labs and the resources available therein are available to potential research students.


Pratik J. Parikh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Dr. Parikh directs the Data Analytics and Optimization Lab. The DAOL focuses on Engineering Service Systems, with a specific focus on supply chain, retail, and healthcare systems. Dr. Parikh has been a PI/Co-I on over $1.7 million in grants and contracts from agencies such as the NSF, the Veterans Affairs hospitals, the State of Ohio, and local companies. Our team develops cutting-edge solutions to real-world challenges using advanced data analytics, predictive modeling, simulation, and optimization approaches. The lab’s undergraduate and graduate students have been received numerous honors; e.g., Best Track Paper Award at ISERC (twice), nationally competitive IISE and MHEFI Scholarships, Graduate Student Excellence Award (5 times), and several college and department awards. For more information, please visit http://cecs.wright.edu/research/daol/.


Jaime Ramirez-Vick, Ph.D.

Chair
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research areas include adult stem cell research for tissue engineering applications in bone and heart, development of nanotechnologies for the treatment and detection of cancer, and development of various types of electrochemical biosensors. Tissue engineering research has focused on the development of 3D biomimetic scaffolds and the use biophysical stimulation to direct mesenchymal stem cell commitment and differentiation. Specifically, using electromagnetic, microgravity, ultrasound and mechanical stimuli while monitoring genetic and epigenetic changes to understand the underlying mechanisms. Also, we are developing multifunctional nanomedical formulations for cancer siRNA therapeutics capable of simultaneous targeting, imaging, and drug delivery. In addition, current investigations related to biosensors focus on applying nanostructured electrodes for DNA based detection to identify transcription factor biomarkers for recognition of breast and colorectal cancers at an early stage.


Ulas Sunar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering
Ohio Research Scholar, Ohio Imaging Research and Innovation Network (OIRAIN)

Research areas include Quantitative imaging of diseases and the brain function in preclinical and clinical settings. Multi-modal imaging-guided intervention and therapy optimization. A particular focus of imaging techniques is multi-spectral diffuse optical imaging, fluorescence tomography, and photoacoustic imaging. Quantitated imaging biomarkers include tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and drug concentration by using the mathematical modeling of light diffusion in tissue and image reconstruction algorithms.


Xinhui Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering

Research area includes mathematical modeling, simulation, optimization in the area of manufacturing, logistics and transportation, media management, and service operations. High impact research includes airline crew recovery, advertising allocation, production planning, staff scheduling, vehicle routing, inventory simulation optimization, marketing research, and enrollment management and optimization. The Simulation and Optimization for Inventory Management for the Kroger Corp was selected as one of the six finalists worldwide for the 2013 Franz Edelman Prize for excellence in Operations Research. This is the highest award from Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). The INFORMS press release stated that 'Simulation and Optimization Improves Pharmacy Inventory Management at the Kroger Co. has reduced out-of-stocks by 1.5 million prescriptions, lowered inventory by more than $100M, and yielded additional revenue of more than $70M since Oct 2011.'


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