Welcome new biomedical engineering faculty
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is pleased to welcome and introduce you to four new faculty members who all joined us at the start of the 2017-18 academic year. We are excited to have such great talent join the department.
Assistant Professor, Rizwan Ahmad, Ph.D. His research focuses on digital signal processing with application to biomedical imaging, especially non-invasive cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Ahmad completed his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore, Pakistan and completed his MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Ahmad comes to BME via his prior position as a research faculty member in ECE at OSU and he already has NIH R01 for his research. Next year he will likely teach the BME Bioimaging domain class (Fall 2018).
Assistant Professor of Practice, Alexis Ortiz-Rosario, Ph.D., has expertise in Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation, signal processing, and Micro- and Nano Biotechnologies. He is a doctoral graduate of our program and joins the faculty after serving as a lecturer, in the Department of Engineering Education with the College of Engineering at Ohio State. He is currently leading the lecture and lab for Measurement and Instrumentation and will lead the lecture and lab in the spring as well (2018). He is also scheduled to teach the Domain Lab for Micro- Nano Biotechnologies in the spring (2018).
Assistant Professor, Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan, Ph.D., has expertise in cardiac arrhythmia mechanisms, whole heart electrophysiology, and quantitative single molecule localization microscopy. His research is focused on the role of vascular dysfunction in atrial fibrillation and the development of novel antiarrhythmic therapies. Veeraraghavan’s passion for both research and mentoring should make him a valuable addition to the BME department. Veeraraghavan earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India, and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. He comes to us via a post-doctoral position at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Next year, he will likely teach the BME 2700 Numerical Simulations in BME (Spring 2019).
Assistant Professor Benjamin Walter, PhD., has expertise in the spine biomechanics, organ culture & bioreactor design, and mechanobiology / mechanotransduction in the intervertebral disc. Dr. Walter's research focuses on understanding the role biomechanical factors play in the onset and progression of low back pain and how such knowledge can be harnessed to inform treatment and improve diagnosis. Studies in his lab focus on (i) multiscale mechanobiology utilizing cell biology, tissue mechanics and mathematical models to better understand how mechanical cue are translated across multiple spatial scales and sensed by the cells to regulate cellular function in health and disease and (ii) diagnostic biomechanics utilizing advanced biomechanical imaging including magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) to improve patient identification and selection for the appropriate treatment. He earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2008; an MS in Bioengineering in 2010 from the University of Vermont, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the City College of New York and the Ican School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2015. He recently completed his post-doctoral training at Ohio State in the Spine Research Institute (SRI) under Professor William Marras, PhD, CPE. Next year he is scheduled to teach the BME 2000 Introductory class (Fall 2018).
Please join us in wishing a warm welcome to all of them!