Carnegie Mellon University

Yoed Rabin

Dr. Yoed Rabin

Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Scaife Hall 321
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • B.Sc., Ben-Gurion University, Israel, 1989

  • M.Sc., Ben-Gurion University, Israel, 1991

  • D.Sc., Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 1994


Professor Rabin has a broad range of research interests in area of energy modalities in biology and medicine, including cryopreservation (preservation of tissues at very low temperatures), cryosurgery (the controlled destruction of undesired tissues, such as cancerous tumors, by freezing), hyperthermia (the destruction of tissue at elevated temperatures), and heat and mass transfer in biological systems.

Professor Rabin joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. Previously, Professor Rabin held academic positions at the Division of Surgical Oncology and the Department of Human Oncology at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences—affiliated with Hahnemann University Hospital (1994-1998), and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology (1997-2000).


Research activity at the Biothermal Technology Laboratory, which Prof. Rabin heads, integrates the development of sensors, instrumentation, surgical devices, measurement techniques, physical modeling, numerical techniques, computation tools, and thermal design. Key research projects at the Biothermal Technology Laboratory include:

  • Computerized training tools for cryosurgery
  • Wireless implantable temperature sensors
  • Computerized planning of cryosurgery
  • Thermo-mechanical stress in cryopreservation
  • Thermal expansion of cryoprotective agents combined with synthetic ice blockers
  • Developing a device for visualization of large-scale cryopreservation

Research Interests: brain-computer interfaces; neural engineering; motor learning; motor control