Principal Investigator

Cheri X. Deng, Ph.D.


Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: (734) 936- 2855
Fax: (734) 936- 1905
Email: [email protected]


Ph. D. (1995) Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Thesis: Study of inertial cavitation produced by diagnostic ultrasound.
Advisor: Robert E. Apfel, Ph.D.
M. Phil. (1992) Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT
M.S. (1988) Acoustics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P. R. China
B.S. (1985) Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P. R. China


After receiving my doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University in 1995, I worked first as a research consultant (1995-1996) then as a research staff member (1996-2002) in the Biomedical Engineering Directorate, Riverside Research Institutes, New York City, New York. I was an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University from 2002-2006, and moved to the University of Michigan in 2007. I am curretly a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

My research focuses on the mechanistic understanding of ultrasound interaction with biological systems and developing innovative techniques ultimately for diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Main research projects funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) include ultrasound-mediated cell membrane poration (sonoporation) for non-viral drug and gene delivery and other applications, ultrasound imaging, ultrasound techniques for tissue engineering, and acoustic tweezing cytometry for mechanobiology applications.

Besides being actively involved in students mentoring and teaching, I also participate in many professional activities and services including serving as committee members and grant reviewer.


Current course (Winter 2023): BIOMEDE 332 – Introduction to Biosolids Mechanics