Modeling new viruses and diseases

Researchers are finding new ways to model viruses like the flu and COVID-19

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Innovations in the operating room

A team of engineers and physicians has shown that using a holographic display improves physician accuracy

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Diagnosing and treating complex diseases are among the world's most significant long-term challenges. Biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis work with world-renowned physicians and scientists to improve global quality of life.

Student Spotlight

Jennifer Sun, pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering

I really enjoyed taking Dr. Michael Vahey's Molecular and Cellular Engineering course (and it was his first year teaching it!). I learned so much about vector design, immunotherapy, protein interaction and much more. The course is very informational and practical, without the burden of homework and tests.

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Academic Programs

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering offers students a quality, nationally ranked education at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

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Our faculty and trainees are nationally recognized experts in their fields, including cancer, trauma and injury, immunological disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and cardiovascular disease, we have worked to advance knowledge and new technologies to improve the global quality of life.

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Biomedical & Biological Imaging

Cardiovascular Engineering

Neural Engineering

Orthopedic Engineering

Molecular & Cellular Systems Engineering

Regenerative Engineering in Medicine

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