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

$15M Awarded for Groundbreaking Work on Spina Bifida Treatment

Professor of Biomedical Engineering Aijun Wang has been awarded nearly $15 million for groundbreaking work on a spina bifida treatment.

Student Researchers Investigate Cellular Stress Responses Using Novel Cell Imaging Techniques

Chemical engineering researchers at UC Davis could make exploring treatments for cancer, viruses and neurodegenerative disorders more efficient with a new approach to pairing imaging techniques and analysis.

Professor Brings Insight to Cell Therapy with Nanobots

In cell therapies, regenerating tissues often must be damaged to know if the treatment is working. Jinhwan Kim wants to remedy that with non-invasive, real-time monitoring of cellular function and health.

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.