Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering

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The Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering is open to all Cooper Union faculty and students working on bioengineering projects requiring equipment and space for tissue culture, genetic engineering, biomechanics and related research. Faculty that are currently using the facility are pursuing groundbreaking biomedical research in such fields as biomedical devices, tissue engineering, obstructive sleep apnea biomechanics also collaborating with several major New York City-based hospitals. The Kanbar Center continues to provide space for undergraduate teams participating in the international genetically engineered competition (iGEM) during the summer, as well as space for courses that offer a biological laboratory component.

Hours and Availability

The Kanbar Center is typically staffed from 9AM-5PM on weekdays, except on school holidays. For research activities being performed outside of these hours and dates, there must be someone present with a valid C-14 license (Laboratory Certificate of Fitness). Cooper Union members wishing to use the facility can contact either Dr. David Wootton or Dr. Oliver Medvedik, in order to grant access.

Be advised that reservations must be made ahead of time for laboratory sessions involving classes. If classes take place outside of normal operating hours a C-14 holder must be present for the duration of the class. Due to space constraints, class sizes are limited to 15 students.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Oliver Medvedik
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology and Bioengineering & Director of the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering
Phone: 212-353-4326

Dr. David Wootton
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Associate Director of the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering
Phone: 212-353-4393

Dr. Radmila Janjusevic
Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Technician and Student Project Coordinator
Phone: 212-353-4326


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