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Medical Devices for the Public Health


Dr. Ki Chon, Biomedical Engineering, (860) 486-4767, ki.chon@uconn.edu

Dr. Sabato Santaniello, Biomedical Engineering, (860) 486-4701, sabato.santaniello@uconn.edu

Dr. Cato Laurencin, Orthopaedic Surgery, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, (860) 679-4086, laurencin@uchc.edu


Fellowships are available for doctoral students. Student stipends are up to $32,000 per year (depending on a student’s financial need). Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


The focus of this GAANN program combines material science, sensing technologies, signal processing and bioinformatics to develop the next generation of wearable, implantable and portable devices to improve the public health. This program will explore four critical project areas: functional, absorbable scaffolds for enhanced bone tissue engineering with internal nano-battery devices; injectable biosensors that can safely monitor glucose in diabetic patients for four months or more; advanced sensors and portable devices for point of care monitoring, diagnosis and testing; and optical imaging technologies for breast cancer diagnosis, prediction, and chemotherapy progress monitoring. This is an interdisciplinary program that draws on many departments outside of Biomedical Engineering. At the Storrs campus, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty are participating, as well as UConn Health faculty from Endodontology, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Dentistry.

Core Faculty:

Kevin Brown
Ki Chon
Monty Escabi
Robert Fuller
Jeffrey Gross
Kazunori Hoshino
Bahram Javidi
Cato Laurencin
Yu Lei
Steven Lepowsky
Bruce Liang
Sabato Santaniello
Yong Jun Shin
Paul Skolnik
Mei Wei
Guoan Zheng