School of Engineering Dean's Office
Kirkbride Hall, Room 101
The ‘Neuro-rehabilitation and Ortho Biomechanics Lab is focused on investigating the mechanisms and treatments of nervous system injury including the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The research also extends to cover various aspects of orthopedic biomechanics research when combined with central nervous system injury such as spinal cord injury (SCI).
The lab is equipped with biomechanical, electrophysiological, and histological equipment to support the ongoing internal and external funded research projects. The equipment includes custom-built robotic body weight supported treadmill devise, in vivo biomechanical testing devise, and SCI NYU devise.
Micro-computed tomography (μCT) is a three-dimensional, X-ray-based imaging modality that provides a rapid, quantitative, and high-resolution assessment of both microstructure and density of specimens. It can image tissues, organs, and whole organisms as well as nonorganic structures. The SKYSCAN 1172 μCT scanner (Bruker Corporation, Billerica, MA), housed within the Imaging Lab, offers deep insight into 3D structures of biomaterials. Specimens ranging from sub-mm to several cm in size can be imaged, with resolutions from sub-micron to tens of microns.
Other application areas range from materials science, electronics, and geology. The system is also loaded with analysis software that can quantify bone area, bone area fraction, cross-section area, and moment of inertia in 2D and porosity, thickness, and other features of the microstructure in the 3D region of interest.
This primarily teaching lab includes state-of-the-art equipment including the table-top ADMET Torsion Testing Machine, ADMET Tensile/Compression Testing Machine, Evex Mini-SEM II HR-3000 tabletop miniature scanning electron microscope, and several BIOPAC systems for physiological recordings such as Electromyography, Electrocardiography, Lung capacity using Spirometry studies and Electrooculography. The space also serves as a design-maker space for our students.
This lab is used both for teaching and research activities. Teaching activities include various advanced techniques of cell culture and biochemical analysis. This lab houses a Nikon fluorescence microscope, microplate reader, as well as centrifuges, pH meters, -80°C freezer, biosafety cabinet, and an incubator. In research capacity this room is being used by Tissue Engineering and Disease Modeling Lab which focuses on the development of young and aged, healthy and diseased engineered tissue models for studying age-related diseases of the heart and liver.
In addition, different strategies for long- and short-term cold storage of various cell types are being investigated. These studies include development of 3-D tissue models with controlled biomechanical properties which can be done using the Omnicure UV (S1500-Excelitas) crosslinking system housed in this lab. In addition, all other cell/tissue culture and biochemical analysis related equipment are used in characterization of the mentioned disease models.
The state-of-the-art GAIT Lab is equipped with 17 Miqus M3 Cameras and Qualysis Walkway that has an integrated Force plate. The system is also loaded with the Qualysis software. The system is available for use by UG and graduate students for research and design projects.
Widener's engineering facilities provide you with hands-on experience and exposure to state-of-the-art equipment to set you up for a successful education, career, and future.
Kirkbride Hall, Room 101