Urs Utzinger

Associate Professor
Associate Department Head, Undergraduate Affairs
Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

External Website: https://scholar.google.ch/citations?user=MY_vQM0AAAAJ&hl=en


PhD, Technical Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1995
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1989

Research Interests:

  • Clinical imaging instrumentation to evaluate gynecological and gastrointestinal cancer
  • Extra-cellular matrix and angiogenesis with in vitro tissue models using microscopy techniques

Teaching Interests:

  • Electromechanical design
  • Measurement and data analysis
  • Biomedical optics courses
  • Robotics
  • Intermediate design
  • Measurement and data analysis for biomedical engineers
  • Clinical rotation
  • Biophotonics
  • Microprocessor organization


Urs Utzinger received an engineering degree and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.

He worked at the University of Texas in Austin as post-doctoral fellow then, in 2001, became faculty at the University of Arizona where he is currently an associate professor and associate department head in biomedical engineering. He also holds appointments in obstetrics and gynecology, optical sciences, electrical and computer engineering, and the BIO5 Institute, and is a member of the UA Cancer Center.

From 2012 until the end of 2014, Utzinger served as interim department head in biomedical engineering, when the program grew from approximately 100 to 200 undergraduate students, and the first two classes graduated from the program. In 2017, the program received retroactive ABET accreditation.

He has over 70 publications in the field of biomedical optics, optical spectroscopy, multispectral imaging and nonlinear microscopy and holds seven patents in the field of optical diagnosis. He is a member of the Optical Society of America and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020