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Past GEM Projects

Since the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Program began in 2014, this initiative has funded 32 GEM Projects. The GEM initiative has resulted in 243 publications and poster presentations, 32 patents, 7 startup companies, and numerous new collaborations between engineers, clinical faculty, and industry. Read more about the past GEM projects below. 


A Novel Patient Specific Vaginal Dilator to Prevent Radiation Induced Vaginal Stenosis for Cervical Cancer


Jyoti Mayadev

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Milan Makale

Karcher Morris

Frank E. Talke

Frank E Talke


Plant viruses against cancer


Nicole Steinmetz

Nicole Steinmetz

Ezra Cohen


Multirate Tomography for Low Cost Diagnosis and Monitoring of Age Related Macular Degeneration


Yeshaiahu Fainman

Dirk-Uwe Bartsch, Ph.D.

Dirk-Uwe Bartsch


Epidermal haptic sensor for closed-loop meditation-based pain reduction


Darren Lipomi

Fadel Zeidan, PhD

Fadel Zeidan



Augmented Reality Navigation System for Pain Management Therapies


Farshad M. Ahadian, MD

Farshad Ahadian

Frank E. Talke

Frank E Talke



Development of a wearable wireless ultrasonic patch for continuous monitoring of diaphragm thickening fraction in respiratory failure patients


Jinghong Li

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Sheng Xu



Design of a non-nutritive suckling system for real-time characterization of suckling efficacy in neonates 


Vanessa P. Scott, MD, MS, FAAP; Principal Investigator

Pediatrician, Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics


Erin H. Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, BCS-S; Co-PI

Speech-Language Pathologist

Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Surgery, Center for Voice & Swallowing


James Friend

James Friend, Ph.D.; Co-PI

Medically Advanced Devices Lab, Center for Medical Device Engineering and Biomechanics

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering

Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine



Spinothalamic Tract Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Pain


Sharona Ben-Haim, MD

Sharona Ben-Haim, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery

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Shadi A. Dayeh, PhD

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Jacobs School of Engineering

Tony Yaksh, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology

UCSD School of Medicine


Densitometric Blood Flow Quantification from Invasive Angiography


Principal Investigators:

Francisco Contijoch, Ph.D.1,2 (

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Radiology

Principal Investigators:

Ryan Reeves, M.D.3 (

Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine


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Participating Investigators:

Brendan Colvert, Ph.D.1 (





MSight: Joint development of a mobile, head-mounted EEG/EOG brain computer interface to concurrently capture afferent and efferent visual dysfunction in people with MS


                        Jennifer Graves
                                     Tzzy-Ping Jung                          Masaki Nakanishi
        School of Medicine, Neuroscience            Institute for Neural Computation     Institute for Neural Computation                                                                                                                      

A 3D Printed Clip that Converts Average Smartphones into Blood Pressure Monitors with No Additional Electronics


            Edward Jay Wang                                        Alison A. Moore                               Tala al-Rousan
         School of Engineering                                   School of Medicine                           School of Medicine                                 Electrical and Computer Engineering       Geriatrics and Gerentology         Infectious Disease and Public Health

COVID-19 Rapid Response Awards

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GEM provided COVID-19 Rapid Response Awards to projects addressing the novel coronavirus. The GEM COVID-19 Rapid Response Awards funded projects are listed below. Read more about the COVID-19 Rapid Response Projects

Vacuum-Exhausted Isolation Locker (VEIL) to Facilitate Treatment of Respiratory Compromise from COVID-19 Infection

                                                                                            Timothy Morris, MD - Pulmonology (Lung) | UC San Diego Health
                                       James Friend                                                                            Timothy Morris 
 School of Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering           School of Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

Disposable Wearable for Tracking Vitals of COVID-19 ICU Patients
                                        Robert Owens                                                                           Todd Coleman
                     School of Medicine, Sleep Medicine                                        School of Engineering, Bioengineering 

Customized Wearable Wireless Multimodal Sensor for Continuous and Remote Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients

                                          Jinghong Li                                                                                 Sheng Xu 
                  School of Medicine, Pulmonology             School of Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Immunomodulatory Extracellular Matrix Hydrogels for Treating COVID-19 Lung and Systemic Inflammation


                                Karen Christman                                                                          Mark Hepokoski
                School of Engineering, Bioengineering                                School of Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care

Mobile Tele-Health Robot System to Improve Healthcare Safety and Patient Well-Being


         Laurel Riek                                     Leslie Oyama                          Alan Card                           Lesley Wilson
School of Engineering                           School of Medicine          School of Medicine                UCSD Health
Computer Science and Engineering     Emergency Medicine            Pediatrics 

Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk Assessment following COVID-19 Infection


         David Kruman                          Jeff Omens                         Kurt Hoffmayer                         Gordon Ho
      School of Medicine                School of Medicine          School of Medicine                  School of Medicine 
            Cardiology                               Cardiology                           Cardiology                              Cardiology

Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk Assessment following COVID-19 Infection


         Michael Barrow                    Shanglei Liu                      Sonia Ramamoorthy                Ryan Kastner
      School of Engineering         School of Medicine            School of Medicine              School of Medicine 
        Computer Science                     Surgery                                 Surgery                            Computer Science 

Personalized Mental Wellness Platform for Clinicians


        Jyoti Mishra                           Steve Koh                        Dhakshi Ramanathan              Sujit Dey
      School of Medicine            School of Medicine            School of Medicine              School of Medicine 
        Psychiatry                                Psychiatry                               Psychiatry                       Psychiatry


 Real-time monitoring of phage therapy pharmacodynamics



Point-of-Care Electrochemical Immunoassay for TB Diagnosis



Understanding of the Pathophysiology of Wounds from peripheral artery disease (PAD) in Chronic kidney disease (CKD)


Personalized assessment of left atrial thrombosis risk by computational fluid dynamics


School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology         Jacobs School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical                                                                                                                   and Aerospace Engineering

Development of an Injectable Biomaterial for Dysphagia Rehabilitation



A Demixable Adherence-independent Non-contact In-bed Sensor for Heart Failure Biomarkers



Read more about the 2019 GEM award recipients here.


Electricidal Urinary Catheter–Preventing Spread of Infectious Diseases within the Urinary Tract


Developing Methods to Optimize Accuracy, Efficiency, and Safety in Telerobotic Surgery


Reengineering Monocytes from Peripheral Blood for Immunotherapy Targeting Pancreatic Cancer


Next-generation Spinal Cord Neuro-electronic Interface Implant for the Potential Treatment of Paralysis


Read more about the 2018 GEM award recipients here.


Development of a Magnetic Nanosensor-based Assay for Real-time Non-invasive Quantification of Protein and Nucleic Acid Biomarkers in Preterm Birth—Point-of-care Testing for Early Identification of Patients at Risk for Pregnancy Complications


Low-dose CT-based Method for Detection of Subclinical Anthracycline-induced Cardiotoxicity


Steerable Tip Microcatheter Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms


Optical Pressure Sensor for Measuring Intraocular Pressure for Keratoprosthesis Patients and Glaucoma Patients


Read more about the 2017 GEM award recipients here.


Compressed Sensing Image Acquisition and Processing for Single Photon Emission Tomograph


Disposable, 3-D Printable Endoscope


Injectable Biomaterial for Treating Pelvic Floor Disorders


Battery-free Wireless Wearable Sensors for Sleep Monitoring


Read more about the 2016 GEM award recipients here.


Micropower Integrated Nano-engineered Retinal Interface


Solution: Development of Patient-specific Indices of Left-ventricular Blood Stasis by Echocardiographic Imaging and Analyses of Intraventricular Flow


Development of a Non-Invasive Quantitative Tool to Detect and Localize Human Ventricular Fibrillation Mechanisms


Continuous and Direct Intraocular Pressure Monitoring via Fluid-sensitive 3D Photonic Crystal Implants


Read more about the 2015 GEM award recipients here.


Smartphone-Based Biosensor to Monitor pH and Pulmonary Exacerbation Biomarkers in Patients with CF



Douglas Conrad, MD 
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Drew Hall, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Jacobs School of Engineering 



Molecular Biosensors and Machineries for the Engineering and Imaging of T Cell Activities for Immunotherapy for Multiple Myeloma


Xiangdong Xu, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology
UC San Diego


Yingxiao Wang, PhD
Jacobs School of Engineering 



Read more about the 2014 GEM award recipients here.

Read more about the past GEM recipients here.