(F) Mathematical Modeling for Biomedical Engineering (3)
Mathematical tools and computational skills necessary to model and solve problems in the core BME graduate curriculum.
Shinbrot. Prerequisites: Multivariate calculus and ordinary differential equations; basic programming in Matlab or consent of instructor.
(F) Biopolymers (3)
Relationship among macromolecular structure, maintenance of tissue shape, and mechanical integrity, particularly in mammalian connective tissues. Emphasis on structural mechanisms related to viscoelastic behavior of collagen and matrix components, as well as rubberlike behavior of elastin. Laboratory demonstrations emphasize relationship of structure and physical properties of structural biomaterials.
Silver. Prerequisite: Elementary biochemistry. Recommended: Physical chemistry.
(F) Artificial Implants (3)
Structure and properties of materials used to replace soft
and hard biological tissues; physical properties of the tissue to be replaced understood
through development of structure-property relationships; phase
transitions, mechanical and hydrodynamic properties; processes used to form
biomaterials as well as biocompatibility criteria for skin, tendon, bone,
cardiovascular, and other applications.
(S) Pathobiology (3)
Cellular and tissue reaction to injuries resulting from ischemia, physical forces, and exposure to chemicals, including synthetic and natural polymers. Inflammation, immune reactions, regeneration, and repair. Transplantation of natural and synthetic materials as well as reactions to implanted materials.
(S) Medical Device Development (3)
The development of medical devices that employ primarily
polymeric materials in their construction. Materials selection; feasibility
studies; prototype fabrication; functionality testing; prototype final
selection; biocompatibility considerations; efficacy testing; sterilization
validation; FDA regulatory approaches; writing of IDE, 510(k), and PMAs; device
production; and record keeping. Examples used include materials for cardiovascular
stents and for noninvasive measurements of tissue mechanical properties.
(S) Modeling of Biomedical Systems (3)
This course is intended to
introduce graduate-level biomedical engineering students to methods of modeling and simulating of
complex problems in biomedical engineering.
Shinbrot. Prerequisites: 16:155:507 or equivalent and competence in MATLAB.
(F) Bioimaging Methods (3)
Methods used for imaging biological tissues at different scales. The principles underlying the different techniques and their current
(S) Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (3)
Quantitative and hands-on microscopy with emphasis on the theory of image formation, mechanisms of optical contrast generation, and engineering design of state-of-the-art microscopic instrumentation.
Boustany. Prerequisite: 16:125:431 or equivalent.
(F) Biosignal Processing (3)
Application of basic signal analysis to biological signals and the analysis of medical image. Extensive use of the MATLAB language in example and problems.
(S) Biocontrol, Modeling, and Computation (3)
Application of control theory to the analysis of biological systems. As a foundation for other biomedical engineering courses, topics include (biocontrol) control systems principles; Nyguist and root locus stability analysis; (modeling) Nernst membrane model; action potential; cardiac and vascular mechanics; accommodation and vergence eye movements; saccades; pharmacokinetic models; and numerical solutions to different equations; computer methods using C++; and image processing of biological systems.
(F) Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Transport in Biomedicine (3)
Biomedical engineering core course intended for those seeking familiarity with the effects of, and tools to deal with, fluid, multiphase, chemical, and thermal transport and kinetics problems in biological systems.
(S) Biomaterials and Biomechanics (3)
Problems in continuum mechanics; application in biomechanics.
(S) Topics in Biomedical Engineering (3)
Mammalian Physiology (3)
Focus on the physiological parameter to be controlled and
how the different systems (nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular,
renal, gastrointestinal) contribute to homeostasis of that particular
Prerequisites: Undergraduate biology and physiology.
(S) Nano- and Microengineered Biointerfaces (3)
Methods and mechanisms for engineering interfaces on the nano- and microscale. Synthesis and fabrication, including: 1) preparing substrates that have nano- and/or microscale features; and 2) creating nano- and/or microscale substrates. The substrate materials discussed will typically consist of ceramics, polymers, and metals whereas the biological systems will comprise cells, genes, and ligands.
(F) Biointerfacial Characterization (3)
Physical, chemical, and biological methods of characterizing biointerfaces, broadly defined. Biointerfaces considered will include conventional interfaces of biomolecules (e.g., proteins) on artificial substrates, as well as interfaces of submicroscopic and nanoscale particles with biomolecules and living cells.
(S) Integrative Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (3)
Integration of engineering and mathematical principles with molecular and cell biology entities for the understanding of physiology and solution of medical problems.
(S) Structure and Dynamics in Adult and Stem Cell Biology (3)
The science behind stem cell research, its implications and potential, and the ethical and social issues it raises.
Yarmush, Cai. Prerequisite: Background in developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or biomedical engineering.
(F) Biomedical Applications of Microelectromechanical Systems and Bionanotechnology (3)
Micro- and nanoengineering design and fabrication, material
compatibility with biological systems, and cellular interaction at the
(S) Drug Delivery Fundamentals and Applications (3)
The engineering of novel pharmaceutical delivery systems based on fundamental understanding of physiologic delivery barriers and the development of compatible and tailored materials.
(F) Engineering Ethics and Seminar (1)
The history of ethics in scientific research; case studies.
(S) Engineering Writing and Seminar (1)
Technical writing, including strategic decisions concerning types of writing for successful papers and proposals.
Topics in Advanced Biotechnology (1,1)
(F/S) Preparing Future Faculty I,II (1,1)
Required of all second-year doctoral students. Topics include learning
styles, teaching tools, and methodology. In the second semester,
students will intern in biomedical engineering introductory laboratories.
(F) Advanced Topics in Brain Research (3)
Advanced study of current areas of brain research. Topics include information processing in the brain, pattern recognition in different sensory modalities, advanced techniques of diagnosing different system disorders, and data recording and techniques of analysis. Topics vary depending on student interest and faculty availability.
(S) Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology (3)
Practical framework for identification and commercialization of technology-intensive commercial opportunities; need/opportunity analysis, competitive analysis, legal protection, marketing, financing, resourcing, and communication of the venture.
Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering (BA,BA)
(S) Clinical Practicum (1)
Students are introduced to clinical aspects of biomedical engineering by attending regular grand rounds given by clinical specialists from medical schools and hospitals. Selected demonstrations of clinical procedures with applications of modern technology.
Nonthesis Study (BA)
For master of engineering (M.E.) master's degree students.
(F/S) Research in Biomedical Engineering (BA,BA)
Students conduct research in their areas of specialty under the direction of a faculty adviser.