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Expanded research in this area is a top priority of the college. There are several groups on which we will base our growth: nanomedicine for diagnosis and treatment, as well as for drug development; identification of critical paths in selected proteomic processes (e.g., renal, cardiovascular), using a system biology approach; and device development (e.g., telemedicine for breast examinations, non-invasive diagnosis of cardio- and other critical functions, ultrasound and microwave imaging and therapy, tissue engineering, neuroprosthetics, and new sensor development).

In the News

Fighting Antibioitic Resistance

From farm to fork -- how engineers are helping fight antibiotic resistance 

"My work is focused on understanding the human health risk associated with using antibiotics in agricultural settings." -- Jade Mitchell

Scientists have recognized the threat of antibiotic-resistant pathogens for a long time, but more recently the call for action has arrived on the doorsteps of government and academia. Among the professionals joining in the worldwide battle are engineers.

 Earlier this month, MSU hosted the Fourth International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR) for 250 participants from 30 countries. 

The EDAR conference was supported, in part, by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Zoetis, MSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, and the four colleges with expertise central to the problem: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Natural Science, and Veterinary Medicine.

 Jade Mitchell, assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at MSU, has also joined the antimicrobial resistance fight.

“Ultimately, our goal is to build a computational exposure model that includes the expected increases in antimicrobial resistance in natural and man-made systems. That will help us estimate human exposures and health risks,” she explained. “This effort brings research efforts from many of these fields.” 

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Helping Glaucoma Patients

For those with glaucoma, this monitoring device created by MSU electrical engineers may help

From WKAR: Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts, but it’s treatable with early detection. Researchers in Michigan State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are Hossein Kouhani, a graduate research assistant in electrical engineering, is working on a completely non-invasive device for monitoring the pressure inside the eye.developing a device that could help doctors caring for glaucoma patients know when it’s time to act.

Monitoring the pressure inside the eye is important and can lead to several treatment methods, including medication, laser procedures and surgery. Such monitoring requires a visit to the office, and these tests only give you results for that moment. MSU researchers, however, are working on a device they think will work away from the doctor’s office.

Essentially, it would be built into a contact lens, and would communicate changes in pressure to a receiver built into an otherwise typical pair of eyeglasses.

"In the contact lens," graduate research assistant Hossein Kouhani explained, "we have a sensor that stretches a ring when the pressure in your eye increases. On the glasses side, we have a coil that wirelessly senses that stretch. There's an electronic transmitter in the glasses that sends the information through bluetooth to your cell phone."

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SPIE Award

Contag to receive 2017 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics AwardAs Christopher Contag settles into his new job at MSU, the pioneer in molecular imaging has been awarded the 2017 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award.

Molecular imaging pioneer Christopher Contag of Michigan State University has been named the recipient of the 2017 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The prestigious award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high-impact technologies. The award was announced Oct. 31, 2016.

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 Improving Campus Accessibility

Adi Mathew stands with Michael Hudson, director of MSU's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. An app that Mathew began as an electrical and computer engineering senior has now been opened nearly 100,000 times to improve accessibility at MSU. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.

Spartan Engineer's MSU Guide app is making it easier to navigate MSU's sprawling campus

A new student-designed app is making it easier for those with disabilities to navigate Michigan State University’s sprawling campus.

A partnership between the College of Engineering and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, MSU Guide was designed to help those with mobility and sensory challenges maximize their Spartan experience. MSU Guide is recommended in Apple’s app store when users are located near campus.

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