The doctoral program in bioengineering is designed to prepare future leaders in bioengineering. The terms bioengineering and biomedical engineering often have been used synonymously, referring to the application of engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Rapid advances in understanding the molecular bases of disease have opened up new opportunities to advance human health through research that integrates knowledge in modern biology, engineering, physics, and computer science. The doctoral program will prepare leaders in bioengineering in this broader, integrative sense of the discipline. A major distinguishing feature of the curriculum is that it is designed to educate leaders who understand and appreciate how biomedical technology is translated from the bench to the bedside. Regardless whether they will eventually serve at universities, industry or government, they will understand that new types of devices and processes resulting from advanced research not only need to be “better”, but that they must be “cost-effective” to reach the public. As demanded by their leadership positions, they will recognize that entrepreneurial considerations are essential for determining whether a planned diagnostic or therapeutic approach is likely to be practical and useful for society.
Total credits: 72-73
Four concentration areas are offered, aligned with current faculty research expertise:
- Biomedical Imaging
- Data-driven Biomechanical Modeling
- Nano-scale Bioengineering
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Graduates of the PhD in bioengineering find work with medical device companies, pharmaceutical firms, and regulatory agencies such as the FDA, or may they pursue careers in academia. The department is dedicated to supporting its PhD students educationally and financially. Students who are accepted to the program will gain financial support from scholarships, research, and teaching assistantships.
Research areas include nanotechnology, biomechanics, sensor-motor integration, bio imaging, and neuroscience. The small size of the program gives students opportunities to connect on a personal level with other students and faculty and engage in leading edge research early on. PhD students become published authors and attend international conferences to present their work. While pursuing their degree, they will work in labs with faculty whose research is funded by organizations such as NIH and NSF and become an integral part of those research teams. The department’s research is multidisciplinary and collaborations exist locally, nationally, and internationally with schools at Mason, Inova Hospitals, the Children’s Hospital in DC, Veteran Hospitals, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, Helsinki University Hospital in Finland to name a few.
In 2015 the department initiated an agreement with Carlos III University in Madrid so students may study abroad. If they choose, they may serve as volunteers for Engineering World Health and travel to Guatemala to fix medical equipment in hospitals.