New technology for controlling neural tissue manufacturing
Cells in the human body destined to become part of the central nervous system—like the brain and spinal cord, for example—do remarkable things, and Ashton lab has discovered a new method of reliably recreating this self-assembly.
Biomanufacturing projects stepping out at UW-Madison
The Forward BIO Institute announced in September 2018 is aimed at making the state a Midwestern hub of the ongoing merger of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cutting-edge tissue engineering.
Pushing toward personalized pancreatic cancer treatments
The numbers don’t lie: Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest form of the pernicious disease but Melissa Skala, associate professor, and Paul Campagnola, professor of biomedical engineering, hopes to make inroads toward improved drug therapies through a two-year National Institutes of Health Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant.
About Our Department
Our degree programs respond to the need for educating engineers to lead the biotechnology revolution of the 21st-century. Biomedical engineers are essential for pushing forward the frontiers of science and technology, and for developing new tools and techniques to solve some of our most fundamental medical problems. We do not aim to graduate engineers who simply can understand and work with biological scientists. Rather, we educate engineers who are able to design biological hypotheses that require novel engineering solutions.
Consequently, our undergraduate program enables students to acquire technical depth in engineering, in addition to breadth in the biological sciences. Our graduate program is tailored to individual students’ interests, offering specializations in biomaterials, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS, biomedical imaging, systems biology, cellular-scale bioengineering, and neuroengineering.
Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering tools to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary engineering discipline practiced by professionals trained as engineers, who often work in teams including engineers, physicians, biologists, nurses and therapists. Biomedical engineers assert their expertise in designing new medical instruments and devices, applying engineering principles to understanding and repairing the human body, and for medical decision-making. Fields of study in biomedical engineering include bioinstrumentation and medical devices, biomedical imaging and optics, biomechanics, or biomaterials, cell and tissue engineering.
Graduate students in biomedical engineering often wish to practice engineering or engage in research in an engineering specialization in medicine and biology. Our biomedical engineering faculty and affiliated faculty come from the various colleges and professional schools throughout the university. They specialize in biomedical engineering areas as diverse as biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, biomedical imaging and biophotonics, micro and nano technology, systems biology, biomaterials, cellular engineering, tissue engineering, neuroengineering, and rehabilitation and human performance.