Keith Cook is a professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University. Cook’s research applies biomedical engineering to cardiac and pulmonary diseases. His laboratory’s goal, therefore, is to generate new devices, treatment strategies, and diagnostic tools and translate them to the clinic.
Current research projects in his group include thoracic artificial lungs, perfluorocarbon emulsions for pulmonary drug delivery, new biomaterial approaches for reducing coagulation at artificial surfaces, and PET-based diagnostic tools for right ventricular dysfunction. Of note, his laboratory was the first to produce 24 hour, week, and 30-day in vivo studies of thoracic artificial lungs, and his group is working on a artificial lung intended as destination therapy for years of respiratory support. Professor Cook currently serves as an editor of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs Journal.
Destination Therapy: Artificial Lungs
Engineering Artificial Lungs
2000 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
1996 MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
1993 BSE, Engineering Science, University of Michigan
1993 BSE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
US Army CDMRP
Army grant bolsters ongoing artificial organ research
BME’s Keith Cook, Jana Kainerstorfer, and Howie Choset, along with colleagues at Vanderbilt University and Cornell University, have been awarded an $8.7 million grant from the US Army CDMRP program. The group is working to create and integrate technologies that enable artificial lungs to transition from temporary support in the ICU to permanent support at home.
CMU and Mayo Clinic to collaborate on transplant innovation
Mayo Clinic and Carnegie Mellon University announced today a research agreement to transform organ transplantation. The institutions will bioengineer innovative approaches to address current barriers in organ transplantation.
Keith Cook named head of Biomedical Engineering
Keith Cook has been selected to be the next head of the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. The appointment takes effect immediately.
U.S. Department of Defense
Army grant to fund development of PAS system
BME Interim Head Keith Cook has been awarded a $1.45 million grant from the U.S. Army Congressionally Directed Medical Research programs to develop a pulmonary assist system (PAS) to support military veterans and other patients with long-term, incurable lung disease for a period of months to years.
Exploring silk’s full potential
Rosalyn Abbott’s latest biomaterials research investigates the use of non-invasive, therapeutic ultrasound to trigger and adjust silk scaffold degradation post-implantation.
Hitting a home run for artificial organ research
Biomedical Engineering’s Keith Cook has discovered a novel anticoagulation strategy to keep artificial lung devices from failing due to clot formation, without creating any negative side effects.
Cook featured about “RoboVentilator”
BME’s Keith Cook was featured in VentureBeat on work to create a low-cost, modular ventilator. Lead by SCS’s Howie Choset, the “RoboVentilator” will help meet the high demand for ventilators exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in preparation for possible future respiratory disease outbreaks.
the Bioengineered Organs Initiative
Researchers donate equipment to Allegheny County Health Department
Personal protective equipment generally used in laboratories will aid front-line responders fighting COVID-19.
the Bioengineered Organs Initiative
Scott and Ng win cardiovascular award
BME Ph.D. students Jacqueline Scott and Wai Hoe Ng won awards for presenting research at AHA’s 28th Annual Fellows Research Day.
Ph.D. students win cardiovascular award
BME Ph.D. students Jacqueline Scott and Wai Hoe Ng won awards for presenting research at AHA’s 28th Annual Fellows Research Day on January 17. Scott won first in clinical, and Ng won second in basic.
Creating lungs “from scratch”
There are many ways to make a lung. With so many possible approaches, where do you even start? CMU Ph.D. student Erica Comber has the answer.
BME undergraduate student receives Fulbright
BME undergraduate student Erin Kavanagh has received a 2019 Fulbright Award. At Carnegie Mellon, she has been involved with research in BME’s Keith Cook’s lab, which is working to develop artificial lung devices. Through the Fulbright Award program, Kavanagh will be continuing her artificial lung research in Germany.