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Designed to facilitate the transfer of new knowledge into innovations directly impacting patient care, and featuring greater than 20 dedicated laboratories, along with clinical partners such as Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, Zablocki VA Medical Center, and Froedtert Hospital—the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering supports student education with a rigorous research practice that offers a dynamic range of novel opportunities for the world's next generation of biomedical engineers.


Research Themes


Crash test dummy on pulse apparatusBiomechanics & Rehabilitation Bioengineering

Simply put, Biomechanics is the study of the structure, function and motion of the mechanical aspects of biological systems.  When applied to the human body, biomechanics describes how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement under neuromuscular control.

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Anatomy of thorax projected on Visualization Lab Cave wallBiomedical Imaging

The Biomedical Imaging Engineering research groups in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering focus on developing new techniques to noninvasively visualize the structure and function of living objects for clinical analysis and medical intervention. 

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Illustration of compuational model of mitochondrial functionComputational Systems Biology & Medicine

Computational Modeling is the practice of using computer models and systems to simulate complex biological processes.  Computational modeling has many applications in medicine, which include improving our understanding of human physiology, visualizing and interpreting experimental data, and designing novel therapies.

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Imaging device developed by the Biophotonics LabMedical Devices & Bioinstrumentation

Medical devices are at the heart of biomedical engineering, and faculty in the MU-MCW Department of Biomedical Engineering have proficiency in instrumentation, biomaterials, medical device testing and design, and clinical and regulatory expertise.  This broad base of skills and expertise positions our department at the forefront of medical device innovation.

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Ceramic material used in bone graftingMolecular, Cellular & Tissue Engineering

Tissues may become damaged due to injury or disease.  Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering is a research specialization in Biomedical Engineering which seeks to repair or replace damaged tissues, such as heart valves, blood vessels, skin, cartilage, or bone by gaining understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the damage and regeneration.

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Rendering of neural activityNeural Engineering & Neurorehabilitation

The Neural Engineering and Neurorehabilitation research groups in the MU-MCW Department of Biomedical Engineering focus on the brain, the nervous system, and motor control.  Researchers use a variety of engineering tools to analyze neurological function and  with engineering solutions for problems associated with neurological pathologies, disabilities, limitations, and dysfunction.

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