Primary Faculty

  • Giorgio Ascoli

    Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau Professor, Bioengineering

    Giorgio A. Ascoli has dedicated his career to advancements in biochemistry and neuroscience since he received a PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, and continued his research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Ascoli investigates protein structure and binding in the nervous system. In the long term, he seeks to create large-scale, anatomically plausible neural networks to model entire portions of a mammalian brain, such as the hippocampus. Ascoli’s interests also involve human memory and consciousness.
  • Kim Blackwell

    Professor, Molecular Neuroscience, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, Volgenau Bioengineering, Volgenau Professor, Bioengineering

    Kim Blackwell joined George Mason University in fall of 1996 in the Computational Sciences Institute. From 2007 through 2016 she was a member of the Molecular Neuroscience Department, and joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2016. She also has been a primary investigator in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study since 1996.
  • Laurence Bray

    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau
    Associate Professor, Bioengineering

    Challenging the robotic brain.
  • Michael Buschmann

    Department Chair, Eminent Scholar, Volgenau
    Professor and Chair, Bioengineering

    Michael Buschmann came to Mason with over 20 years of experience at École Polytechnique in Montreal. He is a world-class researcher who has made fundamental and translational contributions to the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, and nanomedicine.
  • Juan Cebral

    Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau
    Professor, Bioengineering

    Engineering solutions for deadly conditions.
  • Parag Chitnis

    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau Associate Professor, Bioengineering

    Parag Chitnis joined the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University in Fall of 2014. He also is a Principal Investigator at the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study. The institute, which functions as an independent research facility at Mason, upholds a mission to expand scientific understanding of the mind, the brain, and intelligence by exploring the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and complex adaptive systems.
  • Caroline Hoemann

    Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau Professor, Bioengineering

    Caroline Hoemann (BA, UCSD; PhD, MIT) is a full professor of Bioengineering at George Mason University. Prior to this, she was a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where she spent 15 years directing a federally-funded research program on the role of inflammation in articular cartilage repair.
  • Vasiliki Ikonomidou

    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau Associate Professor, Bioengineering

    Many neurological diseases are marked by a process of white matter neurodegeneration; that is, a breakdown of specific brain tissue involved in higher-order cognitive function. The global rise of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is of urgent focus, but better medical diagnostic systems also offer epilepsy and multiple sclerosis patients hope. Since August 2009 Vasiliki Ikonomidou’s research conducted at Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies has been focused on improving MRI technologies to detect this unique and difficult to measure symptom.
  • Pilgyu Kang

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering University Affiliate Faculty, Bioengineering Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering

    Prior to coming to Mason Pilgyu Kang was a postdoctoral research associate in Nam Research Group in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research focuses on the development of flexible optoelectronic sensors and devices based on two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), for example Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2).
  • Eugene Kim

    Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau

    Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Eugene Kim is primarily focused on engineering education and the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically in the areas of active learning and team-based learning. His research interests have been in developing protein-based biomaterials using microbial platforms for the production of strong underwater bioadhesives and biocomposites. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.