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Research Facilities

Gracious donations from the Whitaker Foundation, the Charles Lee Powell Foundation, and the William J. von Liebig Foundation allowed the Department of Bioengineering to construct its own building. Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall was completed in December 2002 and features research laboratories that are fully equipped for state-of-the-art bioengineering research. Among the equipment available are: electronic, video, ultrasonic and imaging instruments for investigating cell theology, tissue viscoelasticity, orthopedic biomechanics, cardiac mechanics, and microcirculatory dynamics; implantable sensors for monitoring blood glucose concentration and oxygen tension; and facilities for molecular biology, stem cell engineering, and genetic engineering.

Extensive equipment and research laboratories are available for research in: blood circulation, pathophysiology of microcirculation in muscle, brain, intestine, heart, lung, and other organs, electrochemical monitoring of biological materials, fluid transport, mechanical properties of biological tissues, physical and mathematical modeling, stem cells and regenerative technologies, instrumentation, ultrasonic, scanning cytometry, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy. In addition, an excellent Super Computer Center is available on campus, and the Department is well equipped with computing facilities.

The Information Technology Core has had a major enhancement and renovation after moving into the new facilities on the first floor of PFBH. The Graduate Computing Lab is equipped with a number of workstations and printers and is available to department graduate students at all times. In addition, the department has its own supercomputer dedicated to solving a wide range of challenging biological problems. Granite, a 210-node Dell PowerEdge Linux cluster capable of 2.6 trillion mathematical operations per second, is used to analyze everything from the behavior of protein molecules and subcellular structures such as nerve synapses and cardiac muscle cells, to multicellular tissue and the whole heart.

The UCSD campus has excellent library facilities. The Geisel Library, located next to the Engineering Buildings, was renovated in 1993 which doubled its original size. It contains two million volumes and an outstanding collection of bibliographies, indexes, encyclopedias, and other information resources in both print and electronic form. The Special Collections sections include rare books, manuscripts, annexing. search materials from historic collections to modern poetry. The Biomedical Library contains materials in biology and medicine, including modern cellular and molecular biology, neurosciences and genetics. It is housed in the School of Medicine, which is less than a 10-minute walk from the Department of Bioengineering.

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