About This Strategic Research Area

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) aims to be a leader in combining biology, physics, mathematics, and engineering concepts to make advancements at the intersection of these disciplines.

Bioengineering Poster

The department’s research in this area focuses on:

  • Bioinformatics and systems biology
    • Genome sequencing and assembly
    • Integrated modeling of metabolic networks
  • BioMEMS and Bio-optics
    • Bio-inspired devices and systems, particularly involving sensors and biomimetics
    • Design, fabrication, and measurement of high-throughput microscale and nanoscale devices
    • Lab-on-a-chip microsystems
  • Bioimaging
    • Diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness of medical ultrasound technology for tissue engineering
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) signal processing
    • Transcranial magnetic stimulation

This research has applications in the areas of agriculture, bioinformatics, genetics, medicine, and systems biology.


  • ECpE researchers are leading an interdisciplinary project to study the effects of gravity on pathogen resistance.
  • Department researchers have partnered with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other organizations to develop new diagnostic and treatment techniques using transcranial magnetic stimulation.
  • ECpE Researchers are developing an instrument with the scale, flexibility and resolution needed to study how genes and environmental conditions affect plant traits.

Faculty in This Area

  • Timothy Bigelow
  • Sumit Chaudhary (secondary area)
  • Julie Dickerson (group chair)
  • Aleksandar Dogandzic (secondary area)
  • Liang Dong
  • Nicola Elia (secondary area)
  • Jaeyoun Kim (secondary area)
  • Meng Lu
  • Nathan Neihart (secondary area)
  • Santosh Pandey
  • Namrata Vaswani


Bioengineering Research Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories


Iowa State researchers are creating an ultrasound therapy system to help eliminate cancer.

Research Projects and Publications

For complete information on research projects and publications in this area, consult individual faculty members’ websites, our graduate student thesis archives, and individual research center and laboratory websites.

Graduate Student Research Areas

Bioengineering research at Iowa State encompasses the following core areas of graduate study in electrical and computer engineering: