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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines engineering principles and methodology with physical, chemical and mathematical sciences to solve problems in biology, medicine, behavior and health. Biomedical engineers are employed by pharmaceutical industries, government agencies, biomedical product companies, universities, medical center labs and emerging high-tech industries. Due to their multidisciplinary backgrounds, biomedical engineers have diverse research interests, often acting as liaisons between technological and clinical communities.

About the Department

Biomedical engineering at Ohio State has a long and distinguished history. First started in 1971 as the Center for Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on interdisciplinary research and graduate education, the new Department of Biomedical Engineering has begun strategic planning for a new era. An undergraduate major program was established in 2008.

We have close ties to other departments in the College of Engineering and to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to promote learning and discovery that integrate engineering and life sciences for the advancement of human health.


Research opportunities abound in the areas of biomicroelectromechanical systems, imaging and tissue engineering toward cardiovascular, orthopaedic and vision applications. Breakthroughs in nanotechnology for cell transplants, microfabrication of biodegradable polymers for drug delivery, design of virtual bone dissection simulations, biomechanics of breast tissue, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, corneal topography and biocompatibility of novel implant materials name only a few of the areas under investigation within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Seventeen departmental faculty in biomedical engineering plus more than 60 participating faculty researchers collaborate through the department, providing extensive resources for research. Among the collaborators are researchers from the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute and the Nanotech West Lab, dedicated to bioMEMS. In addition to the technical and clinical research facilities across campus and at the Ohio State University Medical Center, research also is conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Research and teaching in the department covers the following biomedical engineering domains:

  • Bioimaging
  • Biotransport
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering
  • Micro/Nanotechnology: Biomedical Devices