University of Vermont


SoE Research
Bioengineering Systems

Research Facilities

The Bioengineering Systems group includes research facilities in the both the School of Engineering and the College of Medicine.

Core University Facilities

Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Another prominent group of biomedical engineering researchers is found in the College of Medicine's Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics. This focused group of faculty investigates the molecular basis of muscle contraction. Their research spans multiple anatomic levels with biomechanical studies ranging from the intact muscle down to the mechanics of a single myosin molecular motor. These studies are supported by engineering, biophysical, biochemical, molecular biological and structural techniques. These techniques range from laser optical traps, capable of measuring single molecular motor forces and displacements, various forms of microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and atomic level structural determinations using x-ray crystallography. Investigators have the capacity to express structurally mutated contractile proteins, as a means of assessing their molecular structure and function. [ find out more... ]

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McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center

The research facilities of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation are primarily housed in Stafford Hall, College of Medicine. These facilities include ten laboratories, a library, and twenty offices. Resources are available for specialized histological evaluations, micromachining, static and dynamic materials testing, knee evaluation, x-ray, and stereo-photogrammetry studies. Other relevant resources includes a well-equipped laboratory machine shop, Watsmart Motion Analysis System, oscilloscopes, muscle EMG monitoring equipment and recorders, and an 11 KIP Materials Testing System load frame for biomechanical testing of specimens. A biaxial servohydraulic vibration simulator is used for simulating vehicle vibrations and studying their relationship to spine disorders. A mobile laboratory supporting ski research projects is located at Sugarbush North Ski Area. It contains an ASTM ski binding testing device.

The patient practice facility at the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is located in the offices of University Orthopaedics. The Spine Institute of New England is situated in nearby Williston. The x-ray room at the Spine Institute is adapted for high-accuracy stereo x-ray photogrammetric studies of spinal shape and motion in the clinical setting.

The Sports Medicine Clinic is comprised of clinical examination areas, on-site therapy facilities, KT-1000 knee testing equipment, diagnostic x-ray and computerized Cybex II kinematics assessment, and rehabilitation equipment. [ find out more... ]

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Human Motion Analysis Laboratory

The Human Motion Analysis Laboratory in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science is co-directed by Drs. Sharon Henry and Ge Wu. Research activities conducted in the Human Motion Analysis Laboratory include human postural control and biomechanics of human movement. The lab has 2100 square feet of space and is equipped with a state-of-the-art motion analysis system with three 50Hz cameras (Elite Motion Analyzer, Bioengineering Technology and System [BTS]), two AMTI force platforms, a 12-channel electromyographic system (BTS), a 64-channel data acquisition system, multiple electrogoniometers (Penny & Giles), triaxial Integrated Kinematic Sensors, and a multi-directional, movable platform station.

Vermont Lung Center

The keystone to the Vermont Lung Center program is translational research. The goals of the VLC are to investigate the mechanisms of lung biology and disease, and to train and retain outstanding translational scientists at UVM. [ find out more... ]

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Core Facilities

Bioinformatics Facility

Within UVM's College of Medicine, this facility provides a well-coordinated program of statistical support for all medical and health-related research activities. [ find out more... ]

Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF)

For more than twenty-five years, the Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) has supported research and education at UVM through innovative development of instrumentation, fabrication of mechanical devices, technical consultation, and service of existing equipment. The 14,000-sq.-ft. facility includes a professional machine shop including a welding area, milling machines, lathes, and ancillary equipment, an electronics design and fabrication facility (including an extensive electronics library), and a repair center for instrumentation ranging from laboratory instruments to personal computers. IMF is staffed by experienced scientific instrument makers as well as electronic, research project, and field service engineers. The Technical Services Program (TSP), a second group located in the IMF building, provides clinical engineering services to health care facilities, as well as paid service learning experiences for undergraduate students. [ find out more... ]

Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC)

The Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC) consists of six microscopy-based imaging systems. At the light and electron microscopic levels, it provides state-of-the-art, quality-assured, morphologically oriented services. The CIF is operated on a fee-for-service basis and provides professional consultation and assistance with equipment use, experimental design and interpretation. The imaging systems include: a JEOL 1210 Transmission Electron Microscope with x-ray microanalysis system for elemental analysis at the EM level; a JEOL JSM T-300 Scanning Electron Microscope; a BioRad MRC 1024 Confocal Laser Scanning Imaging Sysem; a Digital Instruments Atomic Force Microscope; an Olympus BX50 Light Microscope for Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) with Sun Sparc Workstation; an Eppendorf Microinjection System; a Compucyte Laser Scanning Cytometer; and a Dell 400 Workstation for Microvoxel 3DReconstruction, Comos and Optimus processing. [ find out more... ]

Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC)

The Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC) is an advanced computing center on campus that offers high performance parallel computing hardware, sensor networks, simulation software, data integration middleware, and immersive visualization facilities, as well as related advanced computing support. [ find out more... ]

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