Research Themes

World-class Research Surrounds You

As a student in the BME department, you will have research opportunities and receive state-of-the-art engineering training in areas such as: functional imaging, medical device innovation, computational sciences, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, neurosystems and neurorehabilitation, cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, proteomics, genomics, analytics and informatics, molecular imaging, cell and tissue engineering, drug discovery, biomechanics, biomaterials and nanotechnology, prosthetics, and global health.

One of the most exciting aspects of the BME department is the potential to advance your learning, problem-solving skills and engineering proficiency through exposure to engineering professors, industry mentors, and faculty physicians who are working diligently to find solutions to modern healthcare challenges. Biomedical engineering alumni of this program will excel in the medical device industry by designing better devices, advancing the R&D process from the corporate perspective, and holding regulatory positions in either government or industry.

Learn more about the research our faculty and students are currently doing in the following disciplines:

Research themes

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

The focus of this group is centered on fighting illnesses like heart disease and acute lung injury. Investigators in this area use many different tools to study the mechanical and physiological aspects of vascular and respiratory function. They use a variety of tools including high performance computing and modeling, imaging, and biomedical research at the molecular, cellular and systems level.


Many research groups in our department develop imaging systems or applications. They cover many different modalities like CT and MRI. They also include many applications ranging from imaging brain function to lung cellular activity. There is also a visualization lab where images can be studied in new ways.

Medical Device Innovation

Medical devices are at the heart of biomedical engineering and our faculty have been involved in many innovations. Over the years, innovations from biomedical engineers at MU/MCW have ranged from instruments to computer algorithms. We currently hav engineers working with physicians and research scientists to translate ideas into devices, and the Center for Assistive Technologies—a place for orphan medical devices for assisting the disabled—has just received an innovation fund award.

Analytics, Informatics and Software Engineering

Biomedical engineers work at the interface between computer and software engineering and the biomedical computational sciences like bioinformatics, medical informatics and analytics. Faculty in the new joint department work in computational research, innovation and visualization in the areas of genomics, other areas of molecular sciences, and neuroscience.

Computational Biology and Systems Biology

The new joint department has faculty with strengths in computational and systems biology. Integrating protein and metabolic function from molecule to the whole person involves many sophisticated models of how biological systems work and how computational science can be used to better understand them. Our faculty also study cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological and skeletal biological systems.

Molecular Systems & Modeling

Designing better medicine and understanding human health and disease depends critically on the underlying molecules, like proteins, that make up biological function. More than just understanding which proteins are important in which situation, it turns out that the relationships between biomolecules has a great importance in our understanding of physiology. That’s where biomedical engineering comes in. Systems biology incorporates computational models of huge networks of proteins, molecules, and genes in order to identify how they work together. Molecular engineering is the design of molecules and medicines and how they are delivered to tissues based on their form and function. Immuno engineering is a form of cellular engineering in which immune cells, like T cells, are altered by changing their molecular expression so that they can more aggressively attack cancers.

Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Researchers in this area study human motion and musculoskeletal physiology as it relates to human health and disease. This includes a range of human motion analysis in health, disease, and in sports medicine. They also perform clinical research in the areas of orthopaedic surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation using biomedical engineering analysis methods, modeling, and instrumentation. This area also includes innovative prosthetic design and analysis.

Neurosystems and Neurorehabilitation

These research groups focus on the brain, nervous system, and motor control. They study aspects of neuroscience and neuromuscular control as they relate to normal function and in conditions like stroke rehabilitation, and multiple sclerosis. They use a variety of engineering tools in the areas including imaging, signal processing, and computational modeling.

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