Biological Engineering, Faculty
B. Brian He, Ph.D., P.E.
James Martin Lab 71A
Courses: Agricultural Processing Systems, Engineering Analysis and Design, Bioprocess Engineering, 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.
Bryn Martin, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineering Physics 408
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
Ching-An Peng, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Engineering Physics 421
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
Russell Qualls, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor and Idaho State Climatologist
Ben Richardson, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics 410
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
Nathan R. Schiele, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics 412
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
Dev Shrestha, Ph.D.
James Martin Lab 71B
Courses: Instrumentation and Measurements, Electrical Power and Controls, GPS and Precision Agriculture, Bio Image Processing and Computer Vision
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Impact Assessment, Advanced Biofuel Production, Industrial Energy Efficiency, Instrumentation and Controls, Precision Agriculture
Sarah (Xiao) Wu, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics 404
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