Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Department Faculty

Robert Frisina, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Research Areas: Development of Bio-therapeutic Systems, Devices and Compounds for Treating Sensory Deficits; Emphasis on Bench-to-Bedside Investigations of the Auditory System, and Translational Research on Deafness and Other Neuroengineering Applications.
Office: ENC 3504 | rfrisina@usf.edu | 813-974-4394 | Website

Olukemi Akintewe, Ph.D.
Instructor                                                                                                                                                    
Courses taught: EGN 3000L, BME 3312, BME 4056C, BME 4057C                                              Office: ISA 7031G | olukemi@usf.edu | 813-974-6152

Bo Ding, M.D., M.S.
Research Associate Professor                                                                                                   
Research Areas: Investigate the molecular mechanism of age-related hearing loss and especially characterize the role of autophagy, a highly conserved cellular process, in the auditory system with aging.
Office: 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 210 (BPB 210) | ding1@usf.edu | 813-974-4124

Loree C. Heller, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                    Associate Professor                                                                                                                          Research Areas: Nucleic acid electrotransfer, Non-viral gene therapies, Pattern recognition receptors                                                                                                                                             lheller@usf.edu | 813-974-4637

Richard Heller, Ph.D.                                                                                                                   Professor                                                                                                                                                Research Areas: The major focus is to develop effective drug and gene delivery.  The emphasis is on translational studies that include the development and testing of new protocols or devices that can be utilized for potential therapies for cancer, wound healing, metabolic disorders and vascular diseases (peripheral and coronary ischemia) as well as vaccine and immunotherapy protocols.                                                                                                                            rheller@usf.edu | 813-974-1221

Huabei Jiang, Ph.D.
Professor
Research Areas: Diffuse optical tomography (DOT), photoacoustic tomography (PAT), fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT), and bioluminescence tomography (BLT).
Office: ISA 7030A | hjiang1@usf.edu | 813-974-5253

Christopher Passaglia, Ph.D.                                                                                                        Professor                                                                                                                                            Research Areas: Vision Systems, Neural Signal Processing, Computational Modeling, Retinal Physiology and Disease                                                                                                                        Office: ENG 247 | passaglia@usf.edu | 813-974-7140 | Website

George Spirou, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                     Professor                                                                                                                                                          Research Areas: Research in the Spirou laboratory is focused on formation of neural circuits in early development and on construction of connectomes, or neural wiring diagrams, at nanoscale resolution. The generation of large image volumes for this work necessitated development of tools to understand these complex data sets. Leveraging long-standing interest in 3D reconstruction of brain structure, he and collaborators joined the revolution in immersive virtual reality to develop software for viewing, annotating and analyzing images. Their software, called syGlass, is marketed by their company, IstoVisio, Inc., which began operation in summer, 2017.                                                                                                                                               gspirou@usf.edu

Hao Yang, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Research Areas: Optical-based imaging technologies for in vivo visualization of tissue at both the macroscopic and microscopic scales.
Office: ISA 7030B | haoyang@usf.edu | 813-974-4923

Souheil Zekri, Ph.D.
Instructor                                                                                                                                            Courses taught: BME 3053, BME 3082, BME 4882, BME 4883
Office: ISA 7031F | zekri@usf.edu | 813-974-5203

Biomedical Engineering Affiliated Faculty

Venkat Bhethanabotla, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Jerome Breslin, PhD; Professor & Director of Graduate Programs, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Morsani College of Medicine

Stephanie Carey, PhD; Mechanical Engineering

Summer Decker, PhD; USF Morsani College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Rajiv Dubey, PhD; Mechanical Engineering

Timothy J. Fawcett, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Jonathan Ford, PhD; USF Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Radiology

Nathan Gallant, PhD; Mechanical Engineering

Richard Gilbert, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Dmitry Goldgof, PhD; Computer Science & Engineering

Sergio Gutierrez, PhD; Director, Department of Innovation, Fourndation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE)

Andrew Hoff, PhD; Electrical Engineering

Mark Jaroszeski, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Piyush Koria, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

William E. Lee, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Stephen B. Liggett, MD; Assoc Vice President, USF Health Office of Research; Vice Dean for Research, Morsani College of Medicine; Professor, Internal Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Steven Maskin, MD, PA

Shyam Mohapatra, PhD, MBA; Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, College of Pharmacy; Division Director, Associate Dean, & Distinguished Health Professor, Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine; Director, Center for Research and Education in Nanbioengineering and Division of Translational Medicine, Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine

Anna Pyayt, PhD; Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Stephen Saddow, PhD; Electrical Engineering

Peter Simon, PhD; Senior Lead Scientist, Biomechanics Laboratory & Clinical Research Department, Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE)

Sylvia Thomas, PhD; Electrical Engineering

Radouil Tzekov, MD, PhD; USF Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology

Dmitri Voronine, PhD; Physics

Joseph Walton, PhD; Communication Science & Disorders

Samuel Wickline, MD; Interim Chair and Associate Dean, Cardiology, USF Morsani College of Medicine; Director, USF Health Heart Institute; Professor, Cardiovascular Sciences

Jose Zayas-Castro, PhD; Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering; Professor of Industrial Engineering