Advancing Human Health

We improve population health and healthcare through the development of advanced technologies, devices for personalized health monitoring and health informatics.

As we face the global health challenges of a growing and aging population, our ability to design bioinspired, bioresponsive, and biologically integrated devices and therapeutics is evolving rapidly. From wearable monitors to advanced imaging technologies, from pandemic responses to regenerative medicine, we learn from human diversity to design treatments that improve the health of all. 

Connecting Humans and Machines

Through the new UC Davis Center for Neuroengineering and Medicine and projects funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty members Sanjay Joshi, Jonathon Schofield and Steve Robinson are pushing the boundaries of the developing field of neuroengineering and finding new ways for humans and machines to work together.

A challenge in neuroengineering is that every human and every situation is different, so devices need to be adaptable. Signals the body produces can change with time, and the body can also change after using new devices like the ones Joshi, Schofield and Robinson are developing.

Human and a supernumerary robotic arm

Research in Action

Identifying Cognitive Dysfunctions Earlier with 'Fingerprints'

Biomedical engineering doctoral student Greg Wheeler explores how an emerging MRI technique can identify conditions like dementia earlier than ever before.

Using Wearable Technology to Predict Injury in Runners

Dovin Kiernan, a recent graduate from the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis, explores biomechanics and wearable technology to reduce the high rates of overuse injuries in running.

AIMBE Inducts Aijun Wang into College of Fellows for Outstanding Contributions

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has inducted biomedical engineering professor Aijun Wang into its College of Fellows, an honor reserved for the top two percent of individuals contributing to medical and biological engineering.

Engineering a better world calls for solutions of a different caliber, demanding innovation across disciplines using a design-centric approach.

We employ and develop intelligent systems and automation, tools at the nano-and-micro- scales and technologies for the greater good that will revolutionize energy systems, strengthen climate resilience, advance human health and transform mobility to bring a sustainable, healthier and more resilient world within reach.