Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Dr. Gerald LeCarpentier 
Dr. Elin Jensen

Dr. Yawen Li
Dr. Eric Meyer
Dr. Jeffery Morrissette
Dr. Julie Zwiesler-Vollick
Dr. Olena Y. Palyvoda
Dr. Elin Jensen


Gerald LeCarpentier, Ph.D.
Director of Biomedical Engineering

p. 248.204.2562

Gerald (Jerry) LeCarpentier is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Tulane University. He earned both his master's degree and PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Michigan in 1988, and has held a number of academic positions at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, UM-Flint, Wayne State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Schoolcraft College. His academic experience includes finite element modeling, ergonomics and motion analysis, laser-tissue interactions, electrophysiology and implantable devices, and various multimodality medical imaging analyses and device development. He is a member of various professional engineering organizations, peer-reviewer of various professional journals, and has served on national funding agency review panels. 

Yawen Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Dr. Yawen Li received her BS and MS from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, and her PhD from MIT, all in materials science and engineering. She went on to complete her postdoctoral training in the Center for Engineering in Medicine affiliated with both the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her main research interests are in materials processing, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for biomedical applications and tissue engineering ...more


Dr. Meyer.pngDr. Eric Meyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Meyer received his BS, MS, and PhD from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering. His research topic was lower extremity biomechanics during sports injury. He then completed his post-doctoral training at the Centre for Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in cartilage tissue engineering and mechanobiology ...more



Dr. Mansoor NasirMansoor Nasir, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
p. 248.204.2522

Mansoor Nasir received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and Bioengineering from University of California-Berkeley. Thereafter, he pursued his research interests first as a postdoctoral associate and then as a Mechanical Engineer at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC.He has several publications in the areas of microfluidics, chemical and biological sensors and MEMS technology ...more


Jeffery Morrissette
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Jeffery Morrissette was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area and studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. Jeff went on to graduate school to study Human Physiology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and received his PhD in 1995. During his thesis research he characterized the paralytic actions of peptide toxins isolated from venomous scorpions and lizards ...more



Julie Zwiesler-Vollick
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Zwiesler-Vollick is a native Michigander. She received her BA in Biology and her BS in Chemistry with a Biochemistry emphasis from Hope College in 1997. She then went on to complete her PhD in Genetics in the Department of Energy Plant Research Lab at Michigan State University in 2002. Her thesis work focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions in the Pseudomonas syringae and Arabidopsis thaliana pathosystem ...more


Olena Y Palyvoda, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty
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Since 2004, Dr. Palyvoda has held the position of Research Associate/ Assistant Professor Research with the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University. She has a M.S. in Biochemistry from Lviv National Univesity, Ukraine and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Maria Sklowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center - Institute of Oncology, Poland. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Research in the College of Engineering at WSU ...more


Elin Jensen, Ph.D.

Biomedical Faculty Sr. Affiliate
p. 248.204.2067

Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
College of Engineering

Dr. Jensen received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Her specialization is Material and Structural Engineering. Research interests include construction and highway materials with special emphasis on Portland Cement Concrete, highway analysis and design, and distress development of concrete pavements as affected by environmental and mechanical lading. Her research work is based on experimental and finite element methods. Dr. Jensen is an active member of the ACI Committee on Fatigue of Concrete,ISCP, ASCE, and SWE ...more