Health-care problems posed by complex diseases present the most daunting challenges for modern society. These diseases include cancer, injuries to physiological systems and disorders associated with embryonic development, aging and the adaptive immune system.
Our vision is that advances in the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases will require integrative and multiscale engineering approaches to biology and biomedical sciences. The BME department faculty will produce advances in basic science, enabling technologies and multiscale systems science approaches that will provide a more holistic understanding of the spatiotemporal responses of biomolecular and cellular networks that give rise to the onset and progression of such diseases and the propagation of injuries.
This will involve an integrative approach with a synergistic focus on development, regeneration and degeneration of cells and tissues, and will be leveraged to transform the development of novel biomaterials, drugs and biomedical devices for diagnosis and treatment.