Biomedical engineering applies fundamental engineering principles to the study of biology, medicine and health. Our undergraduate program provides a broad background in chemical, mechanical, materials science and electrical engineering, and it prepares students for careers in biomedical research with a quantitative engineering emphasis. It is also designed to provide students with sufficient coursework for advanced training at graduate, medical or physical therapy schools or in other allied health professions. Our graduate program builds upon the established biomedical research strength at the University and trains future generations of researchers and professionals who will play a key role in multi- and interdisciplinary teams that bridge the gap between engineering and the biological sciences.
A paper co-authored by BME faculty member Jason Gleghorn appears in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, published July 28, 2015. The paper entitled “Mechanically patterning the embryonic airway epithelium” uses a combination of 3D culture experiments and theoretical modeling to understand how the airways within the developing lung form such complex and repeatable architectures that are conserved within a given species and critical for survival. They identified a growth-induced buckling mechanism that can control the initiation and pattern of new epithelial branches. Tuning epithelial growth changes the wavelength of the bucking instability and thereby the branching pattern. These findings emphasize the role of mechanical forces during morphogenesis and indicate that in addition to genetic programs, physical cues also regulate the spatially patterned cell behaviors that underlie organ assembly in the embryo. Read More Here
Dr. Liyun Wang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded an NIH grant to continue research on exercise and bone quality. This five-year $1.9-million grant is a competitive renewal of her previous NIH grant on transport mechanisms in mineralized bone. With this award Wang aims to identify new molecular targets for preventing and slowing the onset of osteoporosis. Partnerships on this research include Cindy Farach-Carson (Rice University), Lucas Lu (Mechanical Engineering at UD), Catherine Kirn-Safran (Biological Sciences at UD), and Sherry Lu from the University of Pennsylvania. Read More Here.
David Martin, Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was named a 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. The ACS Fellows program recognizes members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS. Read More Here.
John Slater recently published a high impact paper in ACS Nano that details a new high-resolution, image-based, cell-derived patterning strategy to produce arrays of homogeneous cells that display the cellular architecture with the anatomical and functional properties of the user-chosen cells that the patterns were derived from. This strategy will be useful in producing a platform for more homogeneous cell populations for high-throughput cellular assays.
At the First Step Grand Challenges Program Symposium, held on the UD STAR campus, BME undergraduate students were awarded second and third place in the Health track. The SimUCath design team won second place for their wearable training system for urinary catherization, earning a $1,000 award. Third place was awarded to Amira Idris for her invention Vibrosocket, which is a device that increases tissue activity for lower limb amputees, earning a $500 award. Read more.