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Biomedical Engr & Rehabilitation Science


Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building)

The activities of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) are conducted in a number of state-of the-art research facilities located on the Louisiana Tech campus and in the facilities of our partner institutions. These facilities include Tech's new Biomedical Engineering Building, the world-class micromanufacturing capabilities of Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing), Tech's Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (CENIT) and the University's Technology Transfer Center.

CBERS members also have access to Louisiana's Optical Network Initiative (LONI), one of the most advanced optical networks in the country along with the the most powerful distributed supercomputer resource available to any academic community. Members also benefit from Tech's state-of-the-art computing and information infrastructure. Tech's Prescott Memorial Library provides the modern tools commonly used by researchers to retrieve scientific literature.

Photo of the exterior of the Biomedical Engineering Building

New Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building)

Many of the research laboratories and faculty offices for for CBERS members are located in the new 52,000 square foot Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building), shown in the figure above. The building was dedicated in May of 2007 and contains CBERS administrative offices, faculty offices for CBERS membership, an animal care facility, research laboratories, a conference room, rooms for research seminars and workshops, and a business incubator. The facility and equipment are valued at over $13M dollars. The Biomedical Engineering Center is physically adjoined to the Institute for Micromanufacturing, a modern micromechanical miniaturization design and manufacturing facility that complements the activities conducted in the Biomedical Engineering Center. Research activities within CBERS includes nanoscience, cellular modeling, biotransport, phenomena, neuroscience, neural engineering, rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials engineering, tissue engineering, biomicro/nanodevices and systems, and drug delivery.

Offices and Support Facilities

Many of the CBERS research faculty and staff have offices in the Biomedical Engineering Center or the adjoining Institute for Micromanufacturing. The Administrative support staff for CBERS are located on the first floor adjacent to the main entrances to the building. The 290 square foot office includes space for the program's administrative coordinator and our student workers. Near the program office is the Center's support area which includes a FAX machine, copying equipment, faculty mailboxes and office supplies. There is also an office in the area that is used for visiting researchers. The office of the CBERS Director (Dr.  Leon Iasemidis) is located on the second floor.

Photo of the seating and facilities in the Biomedical Engineering Building conference room

Biomedical Engineering Building Conference Room

Seminars and Workshop Rooms

The following figure shows one of the rooms within the Biomedical Engineering Building that is available for seminars and workshops. It includes tables, to accommodate up to 40 attendees. The tables have rollers so that the furniture can be easily reconfigured depending upon the need. The facility includes a computer projection system, a combination VCR/DVD player, and wireless networking.


The Biomedical Engineering Classroom (Biomedical Engineering Building 157)

Research Laboratories

Most of CBERS's research laboratories are located in the Biomedical Engineering Building or in the Institute for Micromanufacturing. They include individual faculty research laboratories and core research support laboratories containing specialized research equipment that is available for use by all CBERS members. The individual faculty research laboratories are described in the "Faculty Research" portion of this website.

Core Research Support Laboratories

The Animal Care Facility
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 129 through 148

The Animal Care Facility is a controlled-access facility located in the Biomedical Engineering building. These laboratories (Biomedical Engineering Building 129 through 148) occupy a total of 4,430 sq. ft., and the director's office and animal-related research laboratories occupy 1,700 sq. ft. A surgical suite, a cage washing area/autoclave room, storage, a necropsy laboratory, and nine individual animal housing rooms with ventilated cage racks that have individual electronic access control occupy 2,730 sq. ft. of space. The animals are monitored on a daily basis by the director or his designated employee. The university has a veterinarian on staff who is a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He and the director provide training to research animal users. The University has an arrangement with the Licensed Laboratory Animal Veterinarian at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport for specialized assistance, when needed.

The Histological Techniques Laboratory (Animal Care Facility)
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 134

This laboratory contains equipment for the preparation of specimens for light microscopy including paraffin ovens, an embedding station, a paraffin microtome, a vibratome, and staining equipment and supplies. The laboratory also contains equipment for the preparation of specimens for transmission electron microscopy, including an epoxy embedding area, epoxy oven, ultra microtome, and grid staining equipment and supplies. The room is equipped with a surgical table for collection of specimens and a chemical hood for safe use of toxic chemicals.

The Neuro Physiology Laboratory (Animal Care Facility)
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 132

This laboratory houses a 1' x 7' Faraday cage for electromagnetic isolation, an inverted microscope and amplification equipment.

The Imaging and Nanopatterning Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 239

This laboratory contains a Bioforce Nanoscience Nano-Enabler for patterning biological substances with nanoscale precision onto substrates. The room also contains an Olympus MTV-3 stereo microscope with a Leica DFC500 camera, three Dell Precision imaging workstations, and a Suss MicroTeck micropositioning station.

The Tissue Engineering and Cell Culture Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 220B and 240
This laboratory has been designed to investigate the effects of hemodynamic phenomena on the behavior of vascular cells, (endothelial cells, platelets, smooth muscle cells, osteoblasts) as related to atherosclerosis, intimal hyperplasia, thrombosis, bone growth, and micromanufactured cell substrates. The laboratory includes a laminar fume hood, an environmentally-controlled flow chamber, an imaging microscope, an injection-flow apparatus (syringe pump), an incubator, a centrifuge, a refrigerator, and a plate reader. The laboratory is jointly funded by The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) and the School of Biological Sciences.

The Biomedical Engineering Common Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 221

This laboratory houses a set of shared equipment that is available to all of the faculty and students performing research in the Biomedical Engineering Center. Major pieces of equipment in this laboratory are a PC digital image analysis workstation, two refrigerator-freezers (to '20 ˚C), a chemical hood, a lyophilizer, a streaming potential instrument, a tensile strength instrument, a liquid scintillation counter, a centrifuge, a microbalance-scale, a pH meter, sn AKTA Prime Protein Purification System, an Advanced Chemtech Apex 396 protein synthesizer, and an upright microscope.

The Institute for MicroManufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing)

The Institute for Micromanufacturing includes 41,000 square feet of laboratory and office space dedicated to meet the research and development needs of academia and industry in the area of miniaturization and micromanufacturing. Laboratories occupy 20,000 sq. ft. of environmentally controlled workspace, containing 5,000 sq. ft. of modular clean rooms with fully certified class 1000 and class 100 working areas.

The laboratory facilities provide a full suite of micro and nanofabrication processing capabilities (e.g., e-beam, X-ray, and optical lithographies, bulk and surface micromachining, ion and laser processing), and measurement and characterization tools (e.g., SEM, AFM/STM, RST, etc.) and a complementary Micromachining Processes Laboratory (diamond, microdrilling/milling/EDM, laser, etc.). In addition, the laboratory area houses a laboratory-based teaching and training facility, electronics assembly/test laboratory, a hot embossing/ injection molding laboratory, a nine station plating laboratory. Scattered throughout the laboratory facility are offices and smaller laboratories where guest researchers from industry or academia may reside. The facility also has a dedicated area for the teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students, industrial participants, visiting researchers, and Institute for Micromanufacturing faculty and staff.

Exterior of the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM) Building

The Institute for MicroManufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing)

​Computing and Information Infrastructure

Wired network connections are available in all offices and rooms and seamless secure wireless network access is available campus-wide. Most wired network connections are 100 Mb Ethernet and a limited number of gigabit Ethernet connections available. With the university having a class 'B' Internet address space, no network address translation (NAT) devices are needed. All connections in academic buildings have direct access to Internet 2 and Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) computers. Through LONI, faculty and other researchers have access to the National LambdaRail.

Louisiana Tech is one of five nodes on a statewide supercomputing grid consisting of five 112-processor IBM p5-575 supercomputers connected by the high-bandwidth (40 Gbps) LONI, which is in turn tied to the National Lambda Rail. In 2008, a 512-processor Dell cluster housed on campus will join five others around the state and a central 5,440-processor Dell system in Baton Rouge to form the most powerful distributed supercomputer resource available to any academic community. The LONI network provides primary access to the Internet. An additional AT&T DS-3 line (45 Mbps) serves as a backup connection.

Students have access to wireless internet throughout the Louisiana Tech campus. Recently, a requirement was established that all incoming students in COES have a laptop computer. The recommended minimum configuration for the computer is:


The Prescott Memorial Library provides a wide array of resources and services, including an increasing number of services that are delivered electronically. Traditional library resources include 400,000 books, 500,000 microforms, and 2700 periodical subscriptions. The library is a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, one of only 53 in the nation, a U.S. Map Depository, and a State of Louisiana Documents Depository. The library houses over 2,000,000 government documents. In addition to these traditional materials, the library has numerous electronic resources available.

Library services are available to provide access to additional resources in several ways. The Interlibrary Services department provides rapid response to requests by using a web request form, digital technologies are used to provide Internet document delivery, Carl Uncover provides fax document delivery, and a statewide courier service provides book delivery. The time between an Interlibrary Loan Request and receipt of material (including books) is often 24 hours.

The Louisiana Tech University Library subscribes to the American Library Association's Inter-Library Load Code which makes virtually every major College and University library available to Tech's faculty and graduate students. The library is a member of SOLINET/OCLC. Through this organization the library can request materials for interlibrary loan from over 2,000 libraries electronically.

The Louisiana Tech Library is a member of LaLINC, Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium, representing the academic libraries of Louisiana. LaLINC is the sponsor of LOUIS, Louisiana Online University Information Systems, an online network of library catalogs. The Tech Library subscribes to and makes available through the campus and engineering computing networks CARL Uncover. Uncover provides through the Internet access to table of contents of over 14,000 periodicals. The Uncover database is updated daily. Faculty orders from CARL are underwritten by the University.

The library offers computer-assisted bibliographic retrieval through DIALOG. The computer service operates on a cost-recovery basis and is available to all member of the Louisiana Tech University community. The library provides bibliographic instruction, reserved book services, book ordering, special class assignment instruction, and thesis binding.