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Biological Engineering, Faculty

James Martin Lab 81A


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Agricultural Processing Systems, Engineering Analysis and Design, Bioprocess Engineering, Biofuels, Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion
Areas of Expertise: Utilization of bio-based resources for value-added products and renewable energy through biological / biochemical / thermochemical processing.
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Bryn Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 408


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Neural Engineering, Biomedical Imaging: Techniques and Applications, Instrumentation and Measurements: Theory and Application, Neuroengineering Research, Tech Startup Entrepreneurship, Medical Imaging Instructor
Areas of Expertise: Central nervous system, cardiovascular and ocular biomechanics, cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, neurohydrodynamics, MR imaging and post-processing, computational fluid dynamics, in vitro modeling, Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, intrathecal drug delivery, neuropheresis, cerebrospinal fluid hypothermia, medical device and instrumentation R&D
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Ching-An Peng, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Engineering Physics 421


Campus: Moscow
Areas of Expertise: drug/gene delivery using viral & nonviral vectors as well as ultrasonic device, developing phagocytosis-resistant perfluorocarbon-based oxygen carriers using PEGylated fluorosurfactant and CD47 ligand, photothermolysis of cancer cells using nanomaterials, detection of antiviral agents using nanobiosensors
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Russell Qualls, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor and Idaho State Climatologist

Engineering Physics 407


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering, Northwest Climate and Water Resources Change, Irrigation System Design, Engineering Analysis and Design
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Ben Richardson, Ph.D.

Research Faculty

Engineering Physics 410


Campus: Moscow
Courses: WWAMI Medical Pharmacology
Areas of Expertise: Neurophysiology, Neural coding properties, Ligand gated ion channels, Neuropharmacology, Neural circuits, Sensory processing, Autism, Mechanism of alcoholism use disorder, Neurological responses to stress, Neural mechanisms of sensory filter/gating

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Nathan R. Schiele, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 412


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Engineering for Living Systems, Tendon Research, Biomechanics of Hard and Soft Tissues, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Areas of Expertise: tendon mechanobiology, tendon tissue engineering
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James Martin Lab 81B


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Instrumentation and Measurements, Electrical Power and Controls, GPS and Precision Agriculture, Bio Image Processing and Computer Vision
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Impact Assessment, Advanced Biofuel Production, Industrial Energy Efficiency, Instrumentation and Controls, Precision Agriculture
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Sarah (Xiao) Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 404


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Bioprocess Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Waste/biomass conversion for energy and chemical uses; Plasma technology for food processing, renewable energy and chemicals/materials; Advanced water and waste treatment technology; Microbiology and biochemical kinetics related to biological treatment of waste waters
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Mailing Address:

Biological Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0904
Moscow, ID 83844-0904

Phone: 208-885-6182

Fax: 208-885-7908


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Biological Engineering