UW-Madison major partner in $20 million research center to expand use of living cell-based therapies
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center that will develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells.
Studying the human connectome to increase our understanding of epilepsy
Beth Meyerand studies brain maps of epilepsy patients and healthy controls to identify differences in connection patterns that may contribute to the disease as part of the NIH Human Connectome.
Building a biological control switch
With light, genetics, and engineering ingenuity; Associate Professor Megan McClean and Cameron Stewart have built a novel optogenetic system that monitors light-controlled yeast gene expression. This ‘optostat’ regulates cellular processes, similar to how a thermostat controls room temperature.
With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and clinical translation. Come join our nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate students and see for yourself the many reasons why BME at UW-Madison is an exciting place to be!
Unique Educational Experiences
UW-Madison offers unique opportunities for students to become involved in the practice of biomedical engineering from the minute they set foot on campus. A core element of our undergraduate curriculum is our design series, which engages students in real-life engineering challenges throughout their time at UW-Madison.
BME graduate students engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary research with labs from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Colleges of Engineering, Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Letters and Sciences. Many of our students are supported through competitive national fellowships or training grants, and benefit from unique professional development resources such as the Delta Program.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering is home to 21 core faculty, 6 instructional faculty, and over 50 affiliates. Our professors are recognized for their research and teaching excellence, with 38% earning a prestigious NSF CAREER award. Additionally, of our tenured faculty, 70% have been recognized for their research excellence through a distinguished professorship or election as a fellow in national societies such as AIMBE.