Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Interdisciplinary Research Areas

It's our researchers confronting global health issues every day.

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) is built on strong faculty and research programs in the College of Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Applied Human Sciences. SBME combines strengths in veterinary medicine, engineering, and the sciences to provide an interdisciplinary focus on improving health, fighting disease, and aiding persons with disabilities.

With state-of-the-art biomedical engineering research labs, including the world renowned Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Animal Cancer Center, we offer hands-on experience for undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside leading researchers in the field.

Our faculty display academic excellence across diverse fields converging on many research areas, including:

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Regenerative and Rehabilitative Medicine

Much of SBME focuses on the study of orthopedics ranging from horses to humans. Clinical relevance stretches from spinal mechanics and disc replacements, to arthritis and joint functions that include legs and hips. Stem cells, biologics, and small molecules are all on the list of novel approaches to problems in regenerative medicine.

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Medical Devices and Therapeutics

Significant research in SBME focuses on the study of materials that modify surfaces used for medical devices. This can range from modifications to materials that carry fluids and need special properties (e.g. anti-coagulant) to the modification of materials that are used in implants of things that range from joints to heart valves.  Extensive expertise in biochemical engineering further helps expand syntheses to potential molecular therapeutics.

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Imaging and Diagnostics

Imaging and diagnostics in SBME revolves around the development of a new generation of novel biosensors incorporating everything from lab-on-a-chip technologies to the use of lasers and optics in state-of-the-art microscopy. The range of targets runs from ions crossing channels in membranes detected electrophysiologically to oxidizable molecules detected by electrochemistry or larger peptides or proteins detected by immunochemistry. Additional approaches include aptamers on one end and various forms of spectroscopy on another are in constant development.

Creating an interdisciplinary focus on improving health, fighting disease, and aiding persons with disabilities.

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