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Chris Highley

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Office location and address
Materials Science Building 249
415 Lane Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2004
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
Post-Doc in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Research in our lab focuses on the design, application, and continued development of technology for building material and cellular systems that address biological, medical, and societal needs. We aim to design in vitro models of biological systems and to create cell and materials-based therapies to address injury and disease. A central focus of the lab's work is the use and development of biomanufacturing technology, including materials and hardware, to build constructs based on engineering principles.

Chris joined the faculty in the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in January 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Deparments of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, after doing post-doctoral research in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

BME 1501: Special Topics
Credits: 1
Student led special topic courses which vary by semester
BME 3240: Biotransport
Credits: 3
Biotransport in biological living systems is a fundamental phenomenon important in all aspects of the life cycle. Course will introduce principles and application of fluid and mass transport processes in cell, tissue and organ systems. Topics include introduction to physiological fluid mechanics in the circulation and tissue, fundamentals of mass transport in biological systems, effects of mass transport and biochemical interactions at the cell and tissue scales, and fluid and mass transport in organs. REQ: APMA 2120, APMA 2130, BME 2101, BME 2104, or instructor permission. 
BME 4890: Nanomedicine
Credits: 3
Students will design treatment strategies for cancer and cardiovascular disease based on molecular bioengineering principles. Special topics will include design of nanoparticle drug and gene delivery platforms, materials biocompatibility, cancer immunotherapy, and molecular imaging. Prerequisite: BME 2104 or CHE 2246 and BME 2220 or instructor permission. Recommended prerequisite: BME 3240 or CHE 3321.
BME 4995: Biomedical Engineering Advanced Projects
Credits: 1–3
A year-long research project in biomedical engineering conducted in consultation with a department faculty advisor; usually related to ongoing faculty research. Includes the design, execution, and analysis of experimental laboratory work and computational or theoretical computer analysis of a problem. Requires a comprehensive report of the results. Prerequisite: third- or fourth-year standing, and instructor permission.
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BME 8999: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Master's Research
BME 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CHE 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

International Society for Biofabrication, Young Investigator Award 2017