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Distinguished Service Award for John H. Linehan

John H. Linehan

John H. Linehan
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In 1989, John Linehan became the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University. It is now one of the most innovative such programs in the country. His studies of multi-phase flows in nuclear power safety systems with Argonne National Laboratory led to his first biomedical work including developing a cryoprobe for curing bone tumors and an instrument for measuring esophageal pressures.

Linehan earned his BS, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering from Marquette University in 1960, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1962, and UW-Madison in 1968. In 1995, he was named Marquette's Rose Eannelli-Bagozzi Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He is a professor of medicine and physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and has served as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Since the 1970s, his scientific focus has been on pulmonary circulation. He developed the nonlinear chemical kinetics, bolus-sweep method to study the biology of endothelial cells in-vivo and the venous occlusion and the low viscosity bolus methods for identifying the locus of vasoconstriction in the lung. Recently, he was awarded a Keck Foundation grant to build a microfocused X-ray imaging system to pioneer imaging the microcirculation in lungs and other organs. The use of micro-focused X-rays to measure the diameter and flow in small blood vessels is part of the developing functional imaging field, resulting in a Whitaker Foundation-funded PhD program.

He and his wife, Julie, have five children.

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