BME Research

BME Research

The vitality of biomedical engineering at Boston University has never been greater. According to the ASEE, we are ranked second in research expenditures among the top 10 BME programs. In 2017, three BME-affiliated research centers will expand into a new, $140 million, nine-story building, the Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering.

Research Thrusts in BME span all length scales and most organ systems of the human body:

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology faculty are improving human health by understanding the intricacies of how the body generates and reacts to mechanical forces.

Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering faculty will solve grand challenges including next-generation diagnostic tools, material- and cell-based therapies, and eventually, replacement components that will lead to treat injury and disease.

Neural Engineering faculty seek to understand brain function more completely and mechanistically, and to mitigate and repair the damage caused by sensory and neurodegenerative disorders.

Synthetic and Systems Bioengineering faculty are pursuing cutting-edge genetic and cell-based therapies, learning to direct the evolution of complex synthetic biological constructs, and studying and controlling microbial communities that affect our health profoundly.

Four enabling technologies are a critical component of our department’s approach:

Biomaterials faculty develop new artificial and biologically based materials for drug delivery, component replacement, and other health uses.

Biomedical Imaging faculty pioneer new methods to peer into the body and measure its function in health and disease.

Computational Modeling and Data Sciences faculty explore medical issues by constructing complex mathematical models and via advanced data processing.

Nanotechnology and Sensing faculty are transforming our access to the human body by building new sensors, based on biological and physical principles.

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology faculty:

Christopher Chen
Edward Damiano
Micah Dembo
Kenneth Lutchen
Michael Smith
Dimitrije Stamenovic
Bela Suki

MCTE faculty:

Timothy Barbari 
Christopher Chen 
Edward Damiano 
Micah Dembo 
Solomon Eisenberg 
Maxim Frank-Kamenetskii 
James Galagan 
Ahmad (Mo) Khalil 
Kenneth Lutchen 
John Ngo 
Joe Tien 
Sandor Vajda 
Joyce Wong 
Wilson Wong 
Muhammad Zaman 

Neural Engineering faculty:

David Boas
H. Steven Colburn
Xue Han
John Ngo
Jason Ritt
Kamal Sen
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Lucia Vaina
John White

Synthetic and Systems Bioengineering faculty:

Christopher Chen
Charles Delisi
Mary Dunlop
James Galagan
Simon Kasif
Ahmad (Mo) Khalil
John Ngo
Allyson Sgro
Wilson Wong
Muhammad Zaman

Biomaterials faculty:

Christopher Chen
Mark Grinstaff
Joe Tien
Joyce Wong

Biomedical Imaging faculty:

Irving Bigio
David Boas
Xue Han
Jerome Mertz
Darren Roblyer
Lucia Vaina
John White

Computational Modeling and Data Sciences faculty:

Steve Colburn
Charles Delisi
James Galagan
Simon Kasif
Jason Ritt
Kamal Sen
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Bela Suki
Lucia Vaina
Sandor Vajda
John White

Nanotechnology and Sensing faculty:

Christopher Chen
Allison Dennis
James Galagan
Catherine Klapperich
John Ngo
Michael Smith
Joyce Wong
Muhammad Zaman