Medical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research group committed to developing imaging, computation and fabrication technologies for understanding and solving biomedical problems. The Multiscale Imaging Initiative led by Medical Engineering Interim Director Kevin Eliceiri develops biomedical imaging approaches across spatial scales for the imaging community at Morgridge and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was joined in the summer of 2016 by Director Jan Huisken and Investigator Melissa Skala.
The Fab Lab — a collaborative space led by Eliceiri that specializes in device design, 3D fabrication, and microfluidic production– is available to UW and Morgridge investigators who wish to work on new designs for biomedical research and clinical use. Current key projects include a novel imaging and wounding device for studying wound healing in zebrafish, a new multiscale imaging instrument that combines optical and ultrasound approaches to characterize breast cancer density and an open source tomographic light sheet microscope for understanding morphological changes in developing tissue.
The Prototype Pathway in Medical Engineering was created by Drs. James Berbee and Karen Walsh to spur device development for clinicians through direct collaboration between Medical Engineering student researchers and clinicians. Key highlights are designing urgent care instruments for the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and designing a better organ cooler for the Department of Transplant Surgery.