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Mueller, Jenna

Mueller, Jenna

Assistant Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices

Dr. Mueller joined the University of Maryland in August 2020. Her interdisciplinary training combines optical imaging, image processing, ablative therapies, and human-centered design to develop biomedical devices to solve challenges in global health. She received her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering with a minor in global health technologies from Rice University, and received both an M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Duke University for her work developing optical systems and automated algorithms to improve the accuracy of cancer excision during surgery. Prior to joining BIOE, Dr. Mueller was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop the Pocket colposcope, a low-cost, portable device to screen women for cervical pre-cancer at the primary care setting and conducted studies to demonstrate its impact in 1,000 women in eight countries. She is also spearheading a new program to develop low-cost therapeutics for cervical pre-cancer and received a K99/R00 award from the NCI to do large animal trials before moving to patient studies. Dr. Mueller’s lab is focused on developing translational low-cost diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to improve the management of cervical cancer and other cancers in the United States and in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, her lab uses engineering design methods, rapid prototyping and fabrication, multiple optical imaging methods, chemical ablation, bench testing, and small and large animal models to develop and evaluate biomedical technologies for cancer management.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Biomedical devices for global health
  • Optical imaging
  • Image processing
  • Ablative therapies
  • Cervical cancer
  • Human-centered design

Reflecting on a Successful 2023–24 Academic Year

As we come to the close of another academic year, it is a time to celebrate the achievements of our faculty, staff, students—and especially our graduates!

Jenna Mueller Receives NSF CAREER Award

The award will support Mueller’s research to develop affordable, accessible technologies for cervical dysplasia in low-income communities around the world.

Clark School Community Members Win Prestigious Campus Social Impact Award

Five Clark School community members are winners of the Provost’s Do Good Innovator Awards.

Fischell Institute Black History Month Spotlight: Vené Richardson-Powell

After graduation, Richardson-Powell chose to take a gap year to continue working in the Mueller Lab. 

24 Teams Present at BIOE Capstone Competition Including First BCE Students

On May 8, 2023, 24 teams presented novel designs at the BIOE Capstone Design Competition.

Strategic Planning: Developing Our Vision For Our Future

Through our strategic planning process, we will sharpen our focus, communicate our “why,” and develop a clear vision for 2030.

Fall 2022 Design Day Winners Announced

The winners of mechanical engineering's Fall 2022 Design Day have been announced.

Improving Access to Cervical Cancer Diagnostic and Therapeutics Tech

Jenna Mueller is working to improve access for patients in the US and low-and middle income countries.

On A Mission to Bridge the Global Health Gap

BIOE Assistant Professor Jenna Mueller and her lab are working to improve access to surgery around the world.