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Bruce Towe

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SUM/WTR Faculty Research
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Biography

Professor Towe  performs research in the area of neurostimulation,  microelectronic implants,  bioelectronics, and biomedical instrumentation.  His research  work has been supported by NASA, NIH, NSF, as well as by the American Heart Association, Arizona Disease Control Research Commission,  Flinn Foundation, and the Whitaker Foundation.  A recent interest has been in the transfer of ASU neursotimulation technology to small business.  Classes he teaches include: BME-413 Biomedical Instrumentation (3) BME-423 Biomedical Instrumentation Lab (1) BME-522 Biosensors (3) BME-566 Medical Imaging (3).  Professsor Towe participates in the neuroengineering emphasis within the school as well as in the Medical Imaging emphasis in teaching of the coursework.

 

Research Interests

Professor Towe has a broad background in applying electronic and principles of physics to the design of biomedical devices and particularly microelectronic devices targeted for implantation.   His areas research specialization: microscale neural implants,  bioelectronic instrumentation, biosensors, biological and medical instrumentation, medical ultrasound,

Publications
  • Schwert, H., Xu, W, Shekhar, S. Abbaspour-Tamijami, A., Towe, B., Miranda, F., Chae,. "Recording of Neuropotentials Using RF Backscattering Methods",. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, (2011).
  • Schwert, H., Xu, W., Shekhar, S., Abbaspour-Tamijami, A., Towe, B., Miranda Chae, J.,. A Fully Passive Wireless Microsystem for Recording of Neuropotentials Using RF Backscatter Methods",. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2011).
  • Abbaspour-Tamijani, A., M.F. Farooqui, B. Towe, J. Chae. A Miniature Fully-passive Microwave Back-scattering Device for Short Range Telemetry of Neural Potentials". 30th Annual International IEEE-EMBS Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2011).
  • Larson, P., Towe. B.C.,. Miniature Ultrasonically Powered Wireless Nerve Cuff Stimulator. 5th International IEEE-EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, Cancun, Mexico, April 27, 2011 (2011).
  • Amad, L., Towe, B., Wolf, A, Mertens, Lerchner, J. "Binding Event Measurement Using a Chip Calorimeter Coupled to Magnetic Beads",. Sensors&Actuators:B, Chemical (2010).
  • Martineau, R.L., Stout, V., Towe, B.C.,. "Optical Tracking off Stress-Responsive Gene Amplifier Applied to Cell Based Biosensing and the Study of Synthetic Architectures". Biosensors and Bioelectronics, vol. 25, pp. 1881-1888, 2010 (2010).
  • Martineau, R.L., Stout, V., Towe, B.C.,. "Whole Cell Biosensing via recA::mCHerry and Led-Based Flow-through Fluormetry". Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2009).
  • Towe, B.C. "Induced Ultrahigh Frequency Vibration asn the Driving Force of Subthermal Microwave Effects on Materials". MS&T Conferences, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, October 25-29, (2009).
  • Towe, B.C., Larson, P., Gulick, D. Wireless Ultrasound Powered Biotelemetry for Implants. Conference of the IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc (2009).
  • Bruce Towe. Piezoelectric Contrast Materials for Ultrasound Imaging. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (2005).
  • Phillips, W, Towe, Bruce, Larson, P. An Ultrasonically-Driven Piezoelectric Neural Stimulator. (2005).
  • Piccini, M, Towe, Bruce. A Novel Shape Memory Alloy MicroValve. (2005).
  • Towe, Bruce, Martineau, R, Cooney, C, Piccini, M, Daydif, P, Stout, V. A Microfluidic Bioreporter System for Space Flight Monitoring. (2005).
  • Towe, Bruce, Martineau, R, Piccini, M, Stout, V, Pellis, N. Development of Microflow Biochemical Sensors for Space Biotechnology", NASA progress report, Johnson Space Center, Dr. Neal Pellis, 2004. (2005).
  • Towe, Bruce C (Author) . Bioelectricity and Its Measurement. Standard Handbook of Biomedical Engineering & Design (2003).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 566Medical Imaging Instrumentatn
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 566Medical Imaging Instrumentatn
BME 593Applied Project
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 413Biomedical Instrumentation
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 566Medical Imaging Instrumentatn
BME 593Applied Project
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 413Biomedical Instrumentation
BME 423Biomedical Instrumentation Lab
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 522Biosensor Design & Application
BME 593Applied Project
Presentations
  • Towe, Bruce, Cooney, C, Martineau, R, Piccini, M, Stout, V. A Microfluidic Bioreporter System for Space Exploratory Probes NASA . Biotechnology IWG Meeting, Houston, Tx. Annual Investigator Working Group Meeting, Houston, Tx (Feb 2005).
  • Daydif, Patrick, Cooney, C, Towe, Bruce, Stout, Valerie. Microfluid Bioreporter System For Exploratory Probes Using Escherichia coli. American Society For Microbiology General MeetingUsing Escherichia coli” American Society For Microbiology General Meeting (May 2003).
  • Daydif, Patrick, Towe, Bruce, Stout, Valerie. Microfluid Bioreporter System For Exploratory Probes Using Escherichia coli”. Arizona Branch of The American Society For Microbiology
  • Towe, Bruce, Martineau, C, Cooney, C, Daydif, Patrick, Stout, Valerie. A Microfluidic Bioreporter System For Space Flight Monitoring”. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology
  • Towe, Bruce, Martineau, R, Cooney, C, Piccini, M, Daydif, Patrick, Stout, Valerie. A Microfluidic Bioreporter System for Space Flight Monitoring. 25th International Conference of the EMBS
Service
  • NIH - Neurotechnology (NT) Study Section, Emerging Technologies and Training in Neurosciences (ETTN), Study Section reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Associate Editor (2010 - Present)
  • State of Maryland Biotechnology Review Panel, Reviewer for proposals (2005 - Present)
  • NASA, Committee member, Rover Lunar Exploration Program review, Houston Tx, 2004 (2005 - 2007)
  • Bioengineering Department Space Committee, member (2003 - 2007)
  • Bioengineering Department Graduate Committee, member (2002 - 2007)
  • Bioengineering Search Committees, member- multiple committees and searches (2002 - 2007)
  • NASA, Chair, NAR GeneSat Project, NASA Ames, California, 2004 (2004 - 2006)
  • Dean's Research Committee, member (2004 - 2006)
  • Dean's Sabbatical Advisory Committee, member (2004 - 2006)
  • Bioengineering Budget Committee, Member (2003 - 2006)
  • Comprehensive Exam Committee, Committee Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • IEEE Transactions on Bioengineering, Reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • NASA Scientific Advisory Panel, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • NIH Study Section, Committee Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Sensors and Actuators, Reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • NASA Biotechnology Science Concept Review Committee, Chair (2003 - 2005)
  • Dean's Personnel Committee, member (2003 - 2005)
  • State of Michigan, Reviewer for proposals (2005 - 2005)
  • NASA, Session Chair, Annual Meeting of the Investigator Working Group 2004 (2005 - 2005)
  • NASA, Chair, CDR Review Panel, GeneSat Project (2004 - 2004)