Department of Biomedical Engineering



GW SEAS Flex-Start

Our Flex-Start program offers admitted master’s degree students the ability to start their MS degree program online and is ideal for admitted students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays. Visit our Flex-Start program page for more information.


GW Planning & Response



GW is actively planning for an in-person return to campus this fall. To get up-to-date information on GW instruction, housing, and the student experience for Fall 2021, please visit the University's Planning for the Future page. SEAS-specific information is available on the SEAS COVID-19 Resources page.





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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.




Dr. Efimov co-develops dissolvable pacemaker

The paper, published recently in Nature Biotechnology, describes the study he co-authored with his colleagues to design a temporary, battery-free pacemaker that can be broken down by the patient's body.

In case you missed it: the SEAS Celebration

There still is time to watch the video of the SEAS graduation celebration and to download your personalized graduation slide. Visit the SEAS Celebration page

SEAS students redesign device to assist veteran care

A team of students from the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department worked with researchers at Walter Reed National Medical Center and Quality of Life Plus to redesign a chair that collects posture control data to assist with the care of amputees.



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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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