Quick Facts

  • Full-time faculty: 9
  • Affiliated faculty: 8 
  • Undergraduate students: 228
  • Graduate students: 49

Research Areas

  • Biofluid dynamics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical signal processing and signal analysis
  • Biosensors
  • Cancer detection and therapy
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Diagnostic and surgical computer support
  • Disease and pathogen detection
  • Drug delivery
  • Electrophysiology (cardiac and neural)
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Heart disease and heart failure
  • Medical imaging and image analysis
  • Micro/nanotechnology
  • Physiological flows
  • Robotics and actuators
  • Simulation and modeling
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Research Laboratories

  • Bioengineering Laboratory for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering
  • Biofluid Dynamics Lab
  • Biofluids and Ultrasonics Lab
  • Cardiac Ischemia Research Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Applications of MEMS in Medical Imaging
  • Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Medical Image Analysis Laboratory (Loew)
  • Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Lab (MpNL)
  • Optofluidics Laboratory
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound Lab

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Degrees and Programs


Points Of Pride

  • Professor Igor Efimov is the U.S. coordinator of a $6 million global study funded by the Leducq Foundation of France to research the abnormal heart rhythms that cause sudden cardiac death.
  • Professor Matthew Kay received a prestigious National Institutes of Health R-01 grant for his work to better understand cardiac arrhythmias, an irregular rhythm of the heart.
  • Professor Jason Zara has received a patent for his work on an imaging probe used to detect cancer in mucosal tissues. More than 90% of all cancers originate in the body’s mucosal tissues, and these cancers tend to be very treatable if found early.
  • Professor Vesna Zderic is conducting pioneering research on the effects of therapeutic ultrasound on drug delivery to the eye and other applications.  This includes strong collaborative work with the FDA.
  • Professor Zhenyu Li and his colleagues have successfully integrated all three components of lab-on-a-chip technology-microfluidics, optical sensors, and electronics-into a complete micro-system.
  • Professor Murray Loew has been working with the National Gallery of Art to develop imaging spectroscopy to digitally peel back the layers of paint on some of the world’s great art and look beneath the surface to help better understand and conserve these masterpieces.
  • Professor Matthew Kay's laboratory uses innovative opto- and chemogenetic approaches to understand how the nervous system modulates cardiac function during healthy and disease states. The lab, with its collaborators, is also working to understand the impact of hypoxia on cardiac mitochondria and electromechanics using novel optical assessments and perflurocarbon nanoparticles. The lab is funded by multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and the the American Heart Association.  
  • All of our undergraduates participate in a three-semester senior design course that gives them real-world design experience. This gives them a competitive advantage in starting their careers over engineering graduates from most other universities.
  • Our undergraduates and graduate students conduct internships and research experiences at places like the NIH, NASA and the FDA as well as private industry including Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and St. Jude Medical.  This provides cutting-edge real world experience that often leads to job offers at the places where students intern.


2017-2018 annual student enrollment and graduation data

  • Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 202
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 29
  • Total Graduates in Spring 2018: 53
  • Undergraduates: 43
  • Graduates (M.S., Ph.D.): 10