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Biological Engineering, Faculty

Ching-An Peng, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Engineering Physics 421


Campus: Moscow
Areas of Expertise: drug/gene delivery using viral & nonviral vectors as well as ultrasonic device, developing phagocytosis-resistant perfluorocarbon-based oxygen carriers using PEGylated fluorosurfactant and CD47 ligand, photothermolysis of cancer cells using nanomaterials, detection of antiviral agents using nanobiosensors

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James Martin Lab 71A


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Engineering Analysis and Design, Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts, Biofuels, Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion
Areas of Expertise: Utilization of bio-based resources for value-added products and renewable energy through biological / biochemical / thermochemical processing.

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Bryn Martin, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

Engineering Physics 408


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Neural Engineering, Biomedical Imaging: Techniques and Applications, Instrumentation and Measurements: Theory and Application, Neuroengineering Research, Tech Startup Entrepreneurship, Medical Imaging Instructor
Areas of Expertise: Central nervous system, cardiovascular and ocular biomechanics, cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, neurohydrodynamics, MR imaging and post-processing, computational fluid dynamics, in vitro modeling, Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, intrathecal drug delivery, neuropheresis, cerebrospinal fluid hypothermia, medical device and instrumentation R&D

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Russell Qualls, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor and Idaho State Climatologist

Engineering Physics 407


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering, Northwest Climate and Water Resources Change, Irrigation System Design, Engineering Analysis and Design

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Ben Richardson, Ph.D.

Research Faculty

Engineering Physics 410


Campus: Moscow
Courses: WWAMI Medical Pharmacology
Areas of Expertise: Neurophysiology, Neural coding properties, Ligand gated ion channels, Neuropharmacology, Neural circuits, Sensory processing, Autism, Mechanism of alcoholism use disorder, Neurological responses to stress, Neural mechanisms of sensory filter/gating

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Nathan R. Schiele, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 412


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Engineering for Living Systems, Tendon Research, Biomechanics of Hard and Soft Tissues, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Areas of Expertise: tendon mechanobiology, tendon tissue engineering

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James Martin Lab 71B


Campus: Moscow
Courses:Engineering Design I, Engineering Design II, Energy and Environmental Auditing, Bio Image Processing and Computer Vision
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Impact Assessment, Advanced Biofuel Production, Industrial Energy Efficiency, Instrumentation and Controls, Precision Agriculture

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Sarah (Xiao) Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 404


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Bioprocess Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Waste/biomass conversion for energy and chemical uses; Plasma technology for food processing, renewable energy and chemicals/materials; Advanced water and waste treatment technology; Microbiology and biochemical kinetics related to biological treatment of waste waters

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Biological Engineering, Staff

David Christian

Research Support Scientist, Biological Engineering Laboratory Manager

David Christensen

Engineering Physics 406

Chad Dunkel

Research Support Scientist

Chad Dunkel

J. W. Martin Lab 71C


Debbie Foster

Departmental Manager

Debbie Foster


Judy Vandegrift

Management Assistant

Judy Vandegrift

Engineering Physics 419


Biological Engineering, Affiliate Faculty

Richard Allen

Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Erin Brooks

Associate Professor

James Martin Lab 78


Kyle Harrington

Assistant Professor

AAN 114


Chen Lide

Associate Professor, Extension Waste Management Engineer

B61 CSI Evergreen Building, Twin Falls


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Amin Mirkouei, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

TAB Suite 310


Campus: Idaho Falls
Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Operations Research, Energy Systems Modeling, Life Cycle Assessment, Real-Time Data Analytics, Bioenergy Production Processes, Advanced & Smart Manufacturing, Logistics & Supply Chain Planning, Project Management, Network Optimization, Cyber-physical Systems

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Greg Moller

Professor, Ph.D.

FRC, Room 204a


Howard Neibling

Associate Professor

Office Annex 102

208-308-5192 or 208-423-6679

Lee Ostrom, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the College of Engineering; Director of Academic Programs, Idaho Falls Center

TAB 314


Campus: Idaho Falls
Courses: Project Engineering, Project Risk Assessment, Capstone I and II, Industrial Ergonomics
Areas of Expertise: Risk assessment, human factors, ergonomics, industrial safety

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Daniel J. Robertson, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor, Grand Challenge Scholars Program Director

Gauss-Johnson 234 G


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Mechanical Design Analysis, Engineering Grand Challenges, Compliant Mechanism Design, Crop Biomechanics
Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics, Agricultural Engineering, Interdisciplinary Design, Product Development

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Jae Hyeon Ryu

Associate Professor

Idaho Water Center


Campus: Boise
Ares of Expertise: Drought monitoring/forecasting/outlooks, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)/drone, water resources planning and management/irrigated agriculture, climate change/hydrologic modeling

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Buchanan 310


Campus: Moscow
Areas of Expertise: microfluidics, bio-separations, designing lab-on-a-chip system for medical diagnostic applications using dielectrophoresis, modeling and simulations, educational research

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Gulhan Unlu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ag Biotech 205


Andreas E. Vasdekis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 315


Areas of Expertise: Biological Physics
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Biological Engineering, Adjunct Faculty

Peter Robichaud

Adjunct Professor

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 0904
Moscow, ID 83844-0904

Phone: 208-885-6182

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