Carnegie Mellon University

Newell Washburn

Dr. Newell R. Washburn

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science & Engineering

Mellon Institute 814
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California (Berkeley), 1998


Dr. Newell Washburn is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He is also President of Washburn Therapeutics, Inc., which develops gels for controlling inflammation and treating injuries and disease states. It offers biologically active gels that control inflammation by selectively neutralizing pro-inflammatory cytokines. Dr. Washburn received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemistry. Following post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, he moved to the Polymers Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, first as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow then as Leader of the Biomaterials Group. During this time he was also an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Graduate Program in Biotechnology.


Biomedical research in the Washburn Group focuses on applied machine learning of small clinical datasets to guide diagnosis and treatment of a diversity of conditions. The general approach centers on featurization of clinical data, leveraging theoretical models and domain knowledge of biomedical engineering to determine patient state. Current research is focused on surgical interventions of aortic aneurysms through a collaboration with the group of Dr. Luka Pocivavsek at the University of Chicago, including diagnosis using CT imaging and post-surgical monitoring.

Research Interests: computational biomedical engineering; machine learning


Awards and Recognition

  • Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award, 2010

  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant, 2005