Biomedical Engineering

Modern biomedical engineers face a far different world than those trained even two decades ago.

Explosive advances in our ability to probe and understand molecular and cellular processes and their interconnections now make it imperative that the powers of engineering be brought to bear at ever smaller as well as at system wide levels. This will not only produce new discoveries at the most fundamental levels but also accelerate the translation of these discoveries into practical applications.

Our vision is that future leaders and lasting impact will arise from successfully integrating engineering concepts and approaches across molecular to whole body levels. Moreover, those also trained to integrate the analytical, modeling and systems approaches of engineering to the complex and, sometimes overwhelming, descriptive details of biology will be uniquely positioned to address new and exciting opportunities. We are committed to educating and training the next generation of biomedical engineers with this vision in mind.

At Washington University, world-class biological, engineering and medical research — along with top-notch, state-of-the-art health care — are closely intertwined. For more than 50 years, collaborations between the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied Science have led to major advances in many areas including: positron emission tomography, medical applications of ultrasound, application of computers to hearing research and development of heart valve flow simulators. Since the establishment of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1997, this atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality between the two schools has been further strengthened and expanded, leading to an exceptional degree of synergy that is one of our hallmarks. All of our core faculty have been hired since 1997 and comprise a young, dynamic and still-expanding group.

The core faculty, together with over 70 affiliated faculty from other departments form a network of mentors dedicated to training the next generation of biomedical engineers. Our goal is to educate students in an interdisciplinary manner so that they can effectively collaborate with physicians, biologists and other life scientists to build their careers. Students can elect to perform their research with any member of the network. The commitment and diverse talent of these faculty provide a vast array of choices to enable students to refine their unique quantitative and analytical engineering skills and apply them to relevant biomedical problems. As a result, our graduates are well-equipped to work in multidisciplinary teams tackling cutting-edge and high impact problems of modern biomedical engineering

Admissions Information

Please visit the Biomedical Engineering website for admissions information.