Focus Areas

Research in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic brings together scientists, engineers and clinical investigators in a rich and nurturing medical environment to collaborate, infusing novel technologies and harnessing new solutions to meet current and future biomedical and health care challenges.

Research focus areas in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering include:

  • Biomechanics. Researchers study the human body in health and disease, translating findings into improved care for patients with joint diseases, nerve and muscle injuries, neuromuscular weakness, and more.
  • Biomedical imaging. Investigators create new ways to noninvasively visualize the body's structure and function, from individual cells to entire organs, to enhance care for patients with a wide variety of diseases.
  • Biosensing and bioinstrumentation. Researchers develop new methods to read, interpret and respond to the body's electrical, chemical and mechanical signals, providing clues to disease processes and responses to therapy.
  • Modeling and data analytics. Researchers develop new approaches to model complex biological systems and extract critical information that can provide clues to normal physiological processes and changes in disease.
  • Physiology. Physiology research is aimed at advancing a mechanistic understanding of the human body's functions at the organ, tissue, cellular and molecular levels in health and disease.
  • Tissue engineering and regeneration. Tissue engineering and regeneration research produces new approaches to repair, restore or regenerate tissue function lost due to injury, chronic disease and aging.