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The Mission:

The mission of the Biothermal Technology Laboratory (BTTL) is to promote research and education in the general field of energy modalities in biology and medicine.

Biomedical Application:

Cryopreservation, which is the preservation of tissues and organs at very low temperatures, with applications to transplant medicine (the unmet need in numbers)

Cryosurgery, which is the destruction of cancerous tumors by freezing, with emphasis on prostate cancer and medical education (prostate cancer in numbers)

Thermal ablation, which is the destruction of cancerous tumors by heating

Photodynamic therapy, which is the treatment of cancer tumors by light-activated drugs

Sensors and instrumentation to monitor and control thermal process in biological systems 

Engineering Contribution:

Activity at the BTTL applies engineering fundamentals for the benefit of biology and medical applications. Related efforts range from basic research, through technology development, to experimentation on biological systems. Core engineering areas include thermal sciences, solid mechanics, sensors and instrumentation, geometric modeling, computation, and engineering design.

In the News:

Subzero Panacea

The future of organ banking: Mechanical engineers have the know-how

Can donor organs be frozen to save lives later? 

The promise of organ and tissue preservation to transform medicine

Nano-warming’ technique could help eliminate organ transplant waiting lists 

Saving lives through advanced cryopreservation

“Intelligent” training tool to treat prostate cancer