Biomedical Engineering at the UA Knows No Bounds
- Interdisciplinary mentoring and flexible curriculum
- Integrated with top-tier UA medical school and hospital
- Full doctoral student funding
- Access to Tech Launch Arizona, the UA’s highly successful commercial arm
- Ideal student life with year-round outdoor activities and thriving downtown nightlife
Focus areas include:
- Biomedical imaging and spectroscopy
- Biomedical informatics
- Bioinstrumentation and devices
- Biomaterials and tissue engineering
- Cardiovascular biomedical engineering
Students in the Spotlight
Technology of the Mind
BME doctoral student Alex Burton won an ARCS Scholarship for his work in the UA's Gutruf Lab where he studies how devices implanted in the brain can record individual neurons for a better understanding of brain functions.As biomedical engineers, we are working with collaborators in neuroscience to improve tools to better understand the brain, specifically how these individual neurons – the building blocks of the brain – interact with each other while we move through the world around us.
Easing the Arthritis Burden
While at the UA, master’s student Jacalyn Ouellette, who graduated in 2013, developed a Windows-based program for joint-repair patients to monitor their own joint stress loads and healing progress. Today, she’s a senior electrical engineer at Raytheon.Sixty percent of the population over 65 has arthritis. If you can help make the quality of life better for these patients, you can increase life expectancy.
Leading the Way in Cancer Detection
Sarah Leung, who earned her PhD in 2012 before becoming a postdoctoral Bisgrove Scholar at the UA, does preclinical research using nanoparticles to deliver medicines or detect abnormal cells for targeted and nanoparticle therapies.If I had to choose something I was most proud of, it would be the use of these nanoparticles with a technique called ‘optical trapping’' to control the release of molecules with very high precision.
A Closer Surgical Look
Jeffrey Watson, who earned his doctorate in 2018, was lead author on a paper that appeared in the Journal of Biomedical Optics about augmented microscopy, a process that allows neurosurgeons to more clearly distinguish cancerous from healthy tissue during surgery.We demonstrate augmented microscopy, an intraoperative imaging technique in which bright-field (real) and electronically processed NIR fluorescence (synthetic) images are merged within the optical path of a stereomicroscope.
(National Science Foundation)
UA’s global ranking
(Center for World University Rankings)