Biomedical Engineering is Uniquely Positioned for Graduate Education and Research
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
is a basic science program within the School of Medicine. BME is also a
prominent track within the graduate school, with 45 students, nearly one fourth
of the graduate school in the School of Medicine. BME has 11 primary
faculty, 27 core faculty, and 14 affiliate faculty at WFU with about $20
million in research funding per year at WFUBMC. Biomedical Engineers use
engineering principles to improve human health, and speak the language of
medicine and engineering. They work hand-in-hand with physicians,
government agencies such as the NIH, CDC, FDA, and others, and companies in
health related fields. They develop devices, therapies, techniques and
applications to benefit human health.
Department is also a member of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University
School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, a unique collaboration which
draws from faculty, staff and students at both schools in areas such as tissue
engineering, biomedical imaging, nanomedicine and nanobioengineering,
biomechanics, neuroengineering, cardiovascular engineering and translational
cancer research. Overall, the program has 78 faculty and 93 students, with 14
partner centers and institutes. Many
of the core faculty of BME are involved with the Comprehensive Cancer Center,
the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, radiation
oncology, radiology, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery, among others.
the new undergraduate engineering department develops at Wake Forest
University, the Department of Biomedical Engineering is excited to become a
part of the undergraduate education and liberal arts focus of Wake Forest
University and to help students and research bridge connections between the
School of Medicine and Wake Forest University, by participating in instruction
and providing research and educational opportunities for undergraduate
students. The BME department is the recipient of a National Science Foundation
supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on imaging and
biomechanics related applications, the IMPACT REU.
research efforts include:
· Brain Tumor Therapy - Nanotheranostics and image-guided drug delivery to treat
· Cancer Nanotechnology - Micro- and nanotechnologies for biomedical diagnostics
with a focus on cancer.
· Cardiovascular MRI - Advanced MR image acquisition and image analysis, with
application to cardiovascular structure and function.
· Concussion and Head Impact research research - Biomechanical head impact
exposure and concussion in sports.
· Global Human Body Models Consortium - A multi-center, global effort to develop
state of the art virtual human models for improving safety in transportation in
automotive, aerospace and military applications and addressing the emerging
challenges of the autonomous vehicle paradigm shift.
Imaging analysis - for investigators in aging, addiction, mild traumatic brain
injury and cardiovascular disease
· Medical Device Design - advanced 3D printing, material testing, and robotic
· Solid organs -- such as the liver, kidney, heart and pancreas – scientists
are working on a variety of strategies to engineer solid organs.
· Tissue Engineering - A major of part of regenerative medicine is Tissue
Engineering - the science of growing replacement organs and tissue in the lab
to replace damaged or diseased tissue. BME scientists in WFIRM are
working to grow tissues and organs and develop healing cell therapies for more
than 30 different areas of the body, from bladder and trachea to
cartilage and heart. Skin, blood vessels, bladders, trachea, esophagus, muscle
and other types of tissue have been successfully engineered; and some of these
tissues have already been used in treating human disease.
· Trauma Research - with a large focus on identifying key biomarkers and
molecular signatures that are associated with microvascular damage and specific
· Virtual Human Models - Human body model customization to account for aging,
osteopenia, sarcopenia, and anthropometry to improve spaceflight and automotive
injury risk prediction.
Head impact in sports - The groundbreaking Imaging, Telemetry and Kinematics
Modeling (iTAKL) study that provides ongoing information to track exposure of
youth football players for head impacts and concussion.
Injury Biomechanics for soldiers - with one goal to lay the long-term
foundation for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of veterans returning
from Iraq and Afghanistan with blast-exposure injuries.
· Regenerative Medicine for soldiers - The wounded warrior tissue engineering/regenerative