Bruce C. Wheeler, Ph.D. is Professor of Biomedical Engineering, BME Dept., University of Florida and the President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Cornell University in 1981. Prof. Wheeler’s research interests lie in the application of electrical engineering methodologies to neuroscience.
His work influenced the development of neural spike sorting technologies, demonstrated that microelectrode array recording from brain slices was possible and productive, and has been a leader in 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.
Bruce Wheeler moved to the University of Florida in 2008, after 28 years at the University of Illinois, mostly in the ECE Dept. He founded the Bioengineering Department at Illinois and served as acting department chair at both Illinois and Florida.
He currently serves as President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the world’s largest bioengineering society, and was Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE and BMES