University of Utah
Benjamin Sanchez received the 2014 Best Paper Award in Physiological Measurement for his work in bioimpedance. He has received multiple times the President's Research Initiative Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Sanchez has co-authored 65 articles published in engineering, physics and medical journals. His bioimpedance research has been Highlighted by the journals Measurement Science and Technology in 2012, Physiological Measurement in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and Clinical Neurophysiology in 2020 and 2021.
My broad research interests primarily focus on developing novel medical technologies that will enable clinicians to better detect, diagnose, stage, treat, and monitor patients. More narrowly, the technologies I am interested in developing take advantage of the inherent electrical and mechanical properties contrast between different tissue types and pathologies. I am interested in both translatable research (getting these new technologies into the hands of clinicians) and the more basic science and engineering aspects of better understanding the biology influencing a tissue’s electrical and mechanical behavior, and developing techniques to accurately gauge these properties. I am actively applying these technologies to a variety of clinical conditions. I describe my research efforts as three separate activities that are, by design, coupled in order to enhance development of bench-to-bedside technologies. First, I am actively exploring and quantifying the available electrical property contrast in diseased muscle and developing theoretical approaches and testing hypotheses that explain the underlying biophysical mechanisms responsible for this contrast. Second, I am actively developing bioinstrumentation able to accurately gauge and image these electrical properties. Third, I am leveraging 1) the knowledge gained from understanding contrast levels and mechanisms and 2) the instrumentation designed and constructed to integrate these technologies into the clinical environment. These three primary areas of research all feed into my current overarching goal of developing clinical applications for bioelectromechanics.