Computational Bioengineering

COMPUTATIONAL BIOENGINEERING​

Director: Suzanne Shontz, Ph.D.

Computational Bioengineering generally describes the science of computational approaches to biological and medical problems ranging from molecular modeling to healthcare informatics including computational biomechanics and computational bioimaging.  Molecular modeling can include biological sequence analysis, the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, genetic networks and gene expression, molecular evolution, and hypothesis generation from large-scale data sources.  Computational molecular models can be used to inform rational drug design.  Healthcare informatics can be used to examine clinical data to better understand disease progression and treatment.  Computational methods can also be brought to bear in the understanding of biophysical phenomena such as fluid flow in blood vessels, in the mechanics of cartilage compression, and in the processing of medical images.

Central methodologies brought to bear on these problems are derived from probability and statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, optimization, graph theory, algorithms and their analysis, image processing, signal processing, data mining, databases, and linguistics.  The computational bioengineering core at KU provides the student with formal course work in methodologies and applications with an emphasis on research.  Students in this track are prepared for careers in industry, academia, and public service.  They are trained in computer science, mathematical and statistical methods and principles, biological and life sciences, and physical and chemistry principles.  While the program is firmly grounded on the techniques of computing, the nature of the research in inherently multidisciplinary. 

 

 

Track Faculty

Headshot of Jonathan Brumberg
785-864-1061
3001 Dole Human Development Center

Titles

Associate Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders

Courtesy Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

- Adaptive signal processing for neuroscience

- Neuroengineering

- Machine learning

- Human-computer interaction 

- Brain-computer interface

- Speech and communication neuroscience
 

Headshot of Kyle Camarda
785-864-2908
4154 Learned Hall

Titles

Associate Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering
Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Computational Molecular Design of Pharmaceuticals
Polymers and Other Biomaterials
Optimization Algorithms Applied to Engineering Systems

Headshot of Jerzy Grzymala-Busse
785-864-4488
3014 Eaton Hall

Titles

Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering

Research Interests

Data Mining
Including Mining Micro-Array Data

Headshot of Krzysztof Kuczera
785-864-5060
5090 Malott Hall

Titles

Professor, Chemistry
Professor, Molecular Biosciences

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering

Research Interests

Computer simulations of proteins, peptides and complex liquids

Headshot of Christian Ray
785-864-3206
4006B Haworth Hall

Titles

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biosciences

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering
Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Transitions in single cells verses evolutionary fitness

Headshot of Suzanne Shontz
  • Track Director, Computational Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Eng. and Computer Sci.
785-864-8816
2001 Eaton Hall

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Computational Bioengineering
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Computational Medicine
Computational Surgery
Computational Anatomy
Computational Biomechanics
Patient-Specific Model and Mesh Generation
Image Processing

Danny Welch
913-945-7739
2003 Wahl Hall West, KUMC

Titles

Professor and Chair, Cancer Biology
Associate Director for Basic Sciences
Associate Director for Education

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Computational Bioengineering
Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Tumor progression, invasion, metastasis,

Cuncong Zhong
785-864-0379
ITTC, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Lab

Titles

Assistant Professor, Department of EECS/ITTC

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering

Research Interests

Computational Biology

Biological big data and precision medicine

Functional non-coding RNA