Muyinatu Bell

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Photoacoustic imaging
  • Image quality improvements
  • Advanced beamforming methods
  • Light delivery systems
  • Medical robotics
  • Image-guided surgery
  • Technology development
  • Medical device design
  • Clinical translation

Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell leads a highly interdisciplinary research program that integrates optics, acoustics, and robotics to engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that address unmet clinical needs. She is the director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab, and the technologies developed in her lab have applications in neurosurgical navigation, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, and cancer detection and treatment. Dr. Bell is additionally interested in utilizing these novel technologies to investigate fundamental science questions surrounding the limits of laser-tissue interactions and their effect on tissue mechanical properties derived from acoustic measurements.

Dr. Bell joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University (2012) and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006). In addition, she spent a year abroad as an academic visitor at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom (2009-2010). Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Bell was a postdoctoral fellow with the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins University and served as President of the Homewood Postdoc Association. Dr. Bell has published over 40 scientific journal articles and conference papers, holds a patent for SLSC beamforming, and is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the prestigious NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2015), MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 Award (2016), the NSF CAREER Award (2018), the NIH Trailblazer Award (2018), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2019), and Maryland’s Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2019). 

Affiliations: Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR), Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation, Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare (MCEH), Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI)

Joint Appointment: Department of Biomedical Engineering

Secondary Appointment: Department of Computer Science


Selected Awards and Honors

2019, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

2019, Maryland’s Outstanding Young Engineer Award

2018, NSF CAREER Award

2018, NIH Trailblazer Award

2018, Johns Hopkins Discovery Award

2016, MIT Technology Review, 35 Innovators Under 35

2015, Best Paper Award Honorable Mention, IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics

2015, NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

2013, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012, UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2011, UNCF-Merck Graduate Research Dissertation Fellowship

2009, Whitaker International Fellowship

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