Features & Announcements

George hacks

BME students bring creative ideas to George Hacks Medical Solutions

BME student-led teams won awards in each category at GW’s 2nd annual medical hackathon.


BME celebrates successful 3rd Annual BME Day

Mark your calendar for November 5, and join us for the 2018 GW BME Day. Visit the BME Day site to register, submit a poster, and view the day’s full schedule.
The BME department welcomed 169 attendees, including 11 prospective doctoral students, to its 3rd Annual BME Day, hosted on November 5.

Dr. Li

Studying Asthma

Dr. Li and his research group use micro-and nano-technologies to build medical devices that can be used for biological research or for disease diagnosis. He has made significant breakthroughs in designing “lab-on-a-chip” technologies to diagnose other diseases, and his current project builds on some of these previous successes.


Student Spotlight: Jaclyn Brennan

BME graduate student Jaclyn Brennan launched COMPASS, a professional networking organization for GW graduate students in STEM fields, last fall. COMPASS hosts networking socials, skill-building workshops, and career talks by GW alumni or local professionals.

Photo of Pratik

GW Today features research conducted by BME senior Pratik Mistry

Pratik Mistry tied for the top undergraduate award in microscopy at GW’s Research Days for his study of brain function.

Innovation Challenge

Innovate to help Puerto Rico

Join the SEAS Innovation Challenge and develop creative technological solutions to help meet needs in Puerto Rico. The entry deadline is January 8. Learn more about the application process.

Photo of students

SEAS receives $300k Clare Boothe Luce Program award

Female sophomore students in SEAS are eligible for one of the four research scholarships that will be awarded this year. Funding for each scholarship will total $37,250. Find out more and apply.

Newsletter graphic

BME fall 2017-2018 newsletter

Download the fall 2017-2018 newsletter to learn more about the department's research, faculty, and students.

Photo of Rudy Rudolofo

GW honors BME alumnus for biomedical innovations

On October 19, Rudy Rodriguez was honored with a 2017 GW Distinguished Alumni Award for his innovations in biomedical engineering.

BME DAY photo of students

GW BME DAY: “Innovations in Biomedical Engineering”

Monday, November 6, 2017
8:00am - 8:00pm
SEH, Level B1
RSVP Required
Download Agenda


Shedding Light on the Matter

Anti-cancer drugs can offer hope of an effective treatment for millions of cancer patients, but they also can carry the risk of side effects, particularly cardiac side effects. Testing for these side effects is essential, but it is a lengthy and expensive process, and pharmaceutical companies are eager to find ways to speed it up and reduce costs.


The Heart of the Matter

Since 1958, average life expectancy in the US has increased by 10 years. According to Igor Efimov, the inaugural chair of GW’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Alisann and Terry Collins Professor of Biomedical Engineering, the 68 percent reduction in the mortality rate from heart disease during the same period is a huge contributor to this remarkable gain in life expectancy.

Kristina Landino

BME Masters Student wins MIPS Award

Kristina Landino, a BME M.S. student, has won one of the Student Scholar Awards offered by the Medical Image Perception Society for attendance and presentation at its 17th biennial meeting this year. She will present a paper "Comparing salience detection algorithms applied to mammograms" in Houston in July.

Group Picture: Rachael Bevill, Hifza Javed, Scott Downen, Aleksandra Klimas, Tania Singh

GW Research Days BME Prize Winners

View a list and photos of all the GW Research Days winners from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

​Picture left to right: Christopher Gloschat, Jaclyn Brennan, Kara Garrott, Ivan Suarez-Castellanos, Alina Kline-Schoder, Joseph

2017 Student R&D Showcase Winners

BME students had great success at the 2017 SEAS R&D Showcase. This is the penultimate research event for SEAS each year and 6 BME students won prizes.



The GW BME Department hosted its first BME Day: "The Future of Biomedical Engineering" on Friday, November 11th, 2016. This event showcased our research projects, highlighted the collaborative nature of our work, and raised awareness of biomedical engineering at the George Washington University and the Washington DC region.

BME Annual Meeting

2016 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

The BME Department attended the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and had the pleasure of hosting our first GW BME reception on Thursday, October 6th at the Hilton Minneapolis.


Funded doctoral positions are available in the BME department

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has open, funded positions (stipend/salary plus tuition) available for doctoral students pursuing research in the following areas: Biomedical robotics, Biomedical imaging, Optogenetics.


Six BME students won awards at the 2016 SEAS R&D Showcase

BME students had great success at the 2016 SEAS R&D Showcase that took place on Wednesday, February 24th. This is the penultimate research event for SEAS each year and 6 BME students won prizes.

BME Jobs

Research Assistant positions available for qualified doctoral students

The BME department has positions (Stipend/Salary plus Tuition) available for doctoral students pursuing research in the following areas: Biomedical Robotics, Biomedical Imaging, Optogenetics, Cardiovascular Engineering, Biomedical sensors and wearable devices.

Igor Effimov

GW Launches Masters Program in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering

The George Washington University has launched a first-of-its kind master of engineering degree program in regulatory biomedical engineering to educate engineers who can navigate the regulatory process and help bring new inventions to market faster.