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.
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.
Jill Higginson and her team have received a 5-year educational grant from NIH to incorporate practical clinical design experience into UD’s Biomedical Engineering curriculum. The plan is to expand the BME interdisciplinary senior design program to include clinically motivated projects identified during previous clinical immersion experiences. Within the context of this design project, students will identify the significance of the unmet clinical need, determine the impact of finding a practical solution, outline the design constraints, and generate a working prototype as a solution to the unmet clinical need. Read more.
April Kloxin thinks science rocks, so her research group is reaching out to the public through an interactive kiosk called Mimicking Nature at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, as well as through a radio show called Science Rocks! on the University’s student-run radio station, WVUD. Read more.
Jason Gleghorn has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a network of 115 research-oriented schools around the nation, to study lung development. Read more.