Bruce Wheeler is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. He served as Acting Department Chair from Jan 2009-Dec 2012, co-creating the BS BME degree program. Previously he was at the University of Illinois (1980-2008), creating the BS, MS, PHD and Department of Bioengineering, serving as Founding and Interim Head from Jan 2004 to Jan 2008. He was also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Beckman Institute, and a former chair of the Neuroscience Program. He also served as Associate Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
He has served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering from 2006-2012 and becomes President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in January 2013.
Prof. Wheeler’s research interests lie in the application of electrical engineering methodologies to neuroscience. His work influenced neural spike sorting, microelectrode array recording from brain, and the development of lithography to control cells, especially neurons, in culture. This work aims at basic science understanding of the behavior of small populations of neurons, in hopes of creating better insight into the functioning of the brain.