Research

From fundamental science to translational medicine

Propelled by on-going media, technological innovation and the desire to improve human health, BME research faculty utilize their medical and engineering strengths as they conceptualize and develop experimental approaches to problem solving.

Biomedical engineering is, by nature, an interdisciplinary endeavor. New advances require a variety of experimental and conceptual approaches. It is not surprising, therefore, that faculty are involved in research collaborations that transcend department boundaries.

Interdepartmental Research Programs and Centers

Indeed, biomedical engineering has been a key player in establishing a number of interdepartmental research programs and centers, including the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design, the Center for Epigenetics, the Center for Hearing & Balance, the Center for Imaging Science, the Institute for Basic Biomedical Science, the Institute for Computational Medicine, the Mathematical Institute for Data Science, the Institute for Cell Engineering, the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute, and the Translational Tissue Engineering Center.

Research Opportunities for Students

All of these centers provide comprehensive research opportunities for our students. One of the unique features of our programs is that graduate students have almost complete freedom to choose a research laboratory anywhere in the University. Students interested in pursuing research in a particular focus area receive guidance from advisers in selecting advanced “core” courses that form the backbone for work in that area.

A unique feature of the BME graduate programs is that students have almost complete freedom to choose a research laboratory anywhere in the University.