Health care problems posed by complex diseases present the most daunting challenges for modern society.

The faculty and trainees within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis find purpose in research applied to study cancer, trauma and injury, immunological disorders, neurodegenerative disorders and cardiovascular disease. Since our founding in 1997, WashU BME has combined excellence in research and teaching to advance knowledge and new technology to improve the global quality of life.

Research Funding


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Research Areas

Our faculty and trainees perform cutting-edge research that solves global problems in medicine and health care. Learn more about how we're making a difference in the following areas.

Biomedical & Biological Imaging  Cardiovascular Engineering  Cell and Molecular Bioengineering  Neural Engineering  Orthopedic Engineering  Regenerative Engineering in Medicine   Women's Health Technologies