Department of Biomedical Engineering



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Flex Start

In Fall 2020, SEAS began to offer select admitted master’s degree students the ability to start their MS degree program online through our Flex-Start program. The Flex-Start program is ideal for admitted students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays. Visit our Flex-Start program page for more information.


SEAS COVID-19 Research

The SEAS community is working on solutions to help combat COVID-19 and respond to COVID-19-related issues.
Browse our projects.





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Students looking to learn the full practice of biomedical engineering—from research and innovation to patents and regulation—will find it here in our unique biomedical engineering programs.



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A Shining Light

Dr. Luyao Lu studies the possibilities of optogenetics and specializes in creating bioelectronic devices that use light to study and measure cell functions.

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A Promising Therapy

Dr. Anne-Laure Papa concentrates on cell-based diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer, and on the potential to use platelets to slow cancer metastasis.

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Teaching Excellence

Dr. Jason Zara, the 2020 winner of the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, is using the virtual learning environment imposed by the pandemic to help improve engineers’ learning.




Intro to Engineering summer course for high schoolers; register by May 15

SEAS will offer a three-week, three credit Introduction to Engineering course, beginning June 7, for high school students. The course provides a hands-on project and experiment-based introduction to the various disciplines within engineering and applied science. Learn more and register.

PhD student RyeAnne Ricker receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF awards the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships to students making outstanding contributions to the STEM disciplines.

Drs. Entcheva and Kay publish review of cardiac optogenetics field in Nature Reviews Cardiology

Their high-profile review article provides an in-depth discussion of groundbreaking technological achievements in the field over the past 10 years.

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree. Students have the opportunity to tailor their curriculum to suit their interests through a variety of technical electives.




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