Washington University in St. Louis


Biomedical Engineering

In the past decade, biomedical engineering has become the discipline of choice for many talented students. The work being carried out in biomedical engineering has tremendous implications for saving lives and improving the quality of life.

Projects current undergraduates are working on with our faculty include:

  • new methods to treat rhythm disorder of the heart
  • new bioactive materials and drug delivery systems that might soon allow damaged spinal cords to be repaired
  • new imaging techniques that will allow physicians to better identify and characterize tumors
  • ideas in nanotechnology that could revolutionize the treatment of cancer
  • methods for capturing brain signals, so that a paraplegic might operate a wheelchair or other electrical-mechanical devices simply by thinking about the operations

Students who graduate with a biomedical engineering degree work for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers; they go into medicine, business or law; and a number go on to earn PhDs in engineering to pursue research.

To learn more, visit the Department of Biomedical Engineering website: bme.wustl.edu.










Student Profile: Corban Swain

  • Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Minor: Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Research: C-TRAIN, summer research in biomedical engineering
  • Extracurricular: WU-SLam Vice President, Biomedical Engineering Society Member, Professional Photography
  • Awards: McKelvey Undergraduate Research Scholar, George Washington Carver Award
  • “Working in a research lab at the medical school has rekindled my childhood joy for invention. I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Moreover, I now feel that there is no experience that could be as challenging, yet rewarding, as research is for me.”
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