U-M BME is becoming one of the premier biomedical engineering departments in the country. Our faculty lead a wide range of programs in biofluid mechanics, microfluidics, biologic micro and nanotechnology, BioMEMS, biomaterials, biomolecular machines, tissue engineering, biomedical optics, biotechnology, biomechanics, and biomedical imaging. U-M BME is one of the largest BME graduate program in the U.S. and has awarded more graduate degrees than any other BME department in the country. The BME program at the University of Michigan also offers an undergraduate program for students in the College of Engineering.
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department occupies three state-of-the-art research and educational facilities on the University of Michigan’s North Campus: the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building, the Carl A. Gerstacker Building, and the Bonisteel Interdisciplinary Research Building housing the fMRI Center. The generous support of The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, The Whitaker Foundation and The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation has allowed U-M BME to grow enormously, with new faculty, facilities, students, and degree programs.
The BME Department continues to foster collaborations among College of Engineering and U-M Medical School faculty and researchers throughout the University. As a Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partner, the department is able to strategically enhance our ability to promote, develop and realize the potential of clinical research. Commercialization of new BME technologies is enhanced by access to the resources of the U of M’s top ranked business school and its world-class entrepreneurship institute.
In addition to our two North Campus buildings devoted to bioengineering research and education, we have access to extensive core facilities in both the College of Engineering and the Medical School. Shared resources include: fully equipped tissue culture facilities; small animal facilities with holding and procedure areas; access to multiple microscopy systems, such as confocal and TIRF instruments; as well as medical imaging systems, such as real-time ultrasound and optical scanners and a 3T whole body MRI scanner. The Michigan Nanofabrication Facility, one of the best university facilities in the country for the design and manufacture of microelectronic circuits, is used extensively for implantable biosensor transducers and bioMEMS devices. A new addition to the clean room, more than doubling current space, is already underway. Our Functional MRI Center combines cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, and biomedical engineering research.
The College of Engineering and U-M Medical School, in conjunction with university administration, has made significant commitments to develop the BME Department into a premier research and educational department that helps define the rapidly evolving discipline of bioengineering. Our long-term programmatic themes are molecular engineered biosystems, biomedical micro and nanosystems, as well as cellular and molecular biomechanics.