Patrick Drew

Using closed-loop control to understand the effects of intracranial pressure on cerebral hemodynamics

Project Description: The Drew Lab works at the interface between the brain and the vascular system. Blood flow in the brain is controlled by neural activity, but the mechanical environment within the skull, specifically the intracranial pressure, also affects cerebral blood flow. We have a project looking into how changes in intracranial pressure alter blood flow in the brain. The student would be involved in developing and testing a computer-controlled, closed-loop system to dynamically control intracranial pressure. The student should be familiar with Labview and be independent and highly motivated.

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Contact Information

  • Keefe Manning, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery
  • Lacy Alexander, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Faculty Research



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614