Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell, PhD

Assistant Professor & PULSE Lab Director

Dr. Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell (informally known as “Bisi”) is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,  Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bell earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (biomedical engineering minor) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, conducted research abroad as a Whitaker International Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins University. She has published over 60 scientific journal articles and conference papers, holds a patent for SLSC beamforming, and is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, MIT Technology Review’s Innovator Under 35 Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the NIH Trailblazer Award, and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

Dr. Bell leads a highly interdisciplinary research program that integrates optics, acoustics, robotics, electronics, and mechanics, as well as signal processing and medical device design, to  engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that simultaneously address unmet clinical needs and significantly improve the standard of patient care. As the director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab, Dr. Bell develops theories, models, and simulations to investigate advanced beamforming techniques for improving ultrasonic and photoacoustic image quality. In parallel, she designs and builds novel light delivery systems for photoacoustic imaging and incorporates  medical robots to improve operator maneuverability and enable standardized procedures for more personalized medicine. The techniques and technologies developed in her lab are then interfaced with patients treated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital to facilitate clinical translation. These technologies have applications in neurosurgical navigation, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, and cancer detection and treatment.

Education

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2012

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006

Professional and Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 2017-present

Interim Assistant Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, 2012-2016

Academic Visitor, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital, UK, 2009-2010

Research Interests 

  • ultrasound imaging
  • photoacoustic imaging
  • image quality improvements
  • advanced beamforming methods
  • light delivery systems
  • laser-tissue interactions
  • medical robotics
  • image-guided surgery
  • technology development
  • clinical translation

Honors and Awards 

2019

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

 

Outstanding Young Engineer, Maryland Academy of Sciences & Maryland Science Center

2018

NSF CAREER Award

 

NIH Trailblazer Award

 

Johns Hopkins Discovery Award

 

National Academy of Engineering, U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Invited Participant

2016

MIT Technology Review, Innovator Under 35

2015

NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

 

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

2013

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship

2011

UNCF/Merck Graduate Dissertation Fellowship

2009

Whitaker International Fellowship

2006

Duke Endowment Fellowship

 

NIH Medical Imaging Training Program, Duke University

2005

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

 

MIT Ilona Karmel Prize in Engineering Writing

2004

Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

Email

mledijubell@jhu.edu

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