Investigator photos

Dr. Bottenus named to 2023 class of Boettcher Investigators

May 26, 2023

Dr. Bottenus was among eight top Colorado researchers selected to receive funding through the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. His lab will study the binding kinetics of targeted microbubble agents using ultrasonic imaging.

Medical microrobots

Medical 'microrobots' with Dr. Jin Lee (

May 26, 2023

A team of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder has designed a new class of tiny, self-propelled robots that can zip through liquid at incredible speeds—and may one day even deliver prescription drugs to hard-to-reach places inside the human body.


IEEE IUS 2022 Presentations

Oct. 13, 2022

Our lab had two exciting presentations at the 2022 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium from Jacob Spainhour and Blake Herrema


Artimino 2022 Presentations

June 15, 2022

Our lab contributed three presentations to this year's Artimino meeting showcasing work on swept synthetic aperture imaging, encoded aperture imaging, and design of mixed geometry sequences. Great work Blake and Melton!

Blake Herrema

Congratulations to Blake Herrema, MS

May 10, 2022

Congratulations to Blake Herrema for successfully defending his thesis and graduating with his MS last week, part of just the second group of BME students from CU Boulder!

Lab Venture Challenge

Lab Venture Challenge 2021 Award Winner!

Nov. 12, 2021

The Bottenus Lab was one of 11 winners of this year's Lab Venture Challenge competition, providing funding for translation and commercialization of multipulse synthetic aperture technology for clearer, faster cardiac images.


Bottenus Lab: Lab Venture Challenge Finalist

Oct. 23, 2021

The Lab Venture Challenge, which will take place virtually November 3-4, 2021—funds the university's top innovations that address a commercial need, have a clear path to a compelling market, and enjoy strong scientific support. The Bottenus Lab will present on a new method for improving the quality and speed of ultrasound imaging


NIH R03 - Optically tracked freehand swept synthetic aperture ultrasound

Aug. 1, 2021

The lab has received R03 funding from NIH NIBIB to pursue an optical tracking implementation of swept synthetic aperture ultrasound, enabling the first freehand operation of this technique!

Abdominal model

The ME SPUR Experience: Smith models the human abdomen for ultrasound simulation

Sept. 24, 2020

The ME SPUR Program, modeled after CU Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, enabled undergraduate students to work with mechanical engineering faculty during summer 2020 on research that could be conducted remotely. As a participant, Ryan Smith worked with Assistant Professor Nick Bottenus to use medical image data to develop 3D finite element models of the abdominal wall and perform various compressions to mimic clinical practice. His summer research project was titled, Modeling the Human Abdomen for Ultrasound Simulation.


First IEEE UFFC-S Star Ambassadors Named

May 20, 2020

In 2019, the IEEE UFFC-S established a new award to support regional travel for promising early-career leaders, the IEEE UFFC Star Ambassador Lectureship Award. Early career is considered to be within 15 years since the first degree. Each Star Ambassador receives up to $2500 to off-set travel costs while delivering technical talks in their geographic region to highlighting their research while promoting IEEE and the UFFC Society. Nick Bottenus, from the University of Colorado Boulder, was named one of six recipients of this year's award. Please contact Dr. Bottenus if you are interested in extending an invitation for a talk at your institution.