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Scientists have first 3D view of life's processes in liquid


A new liquid-cell technology allows scientists to see living biological materials and systems in three dimensions under an electron microscope, according to researchers at Penn State, Virginia Tech and Protochips Inc.

Engineers Without Borders partners with Namutamba community in Uganda


Undergraduate students from the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders have launched a collaboration with the Namutamba community in Uganda to improve the community’s access to potable water.

Drew named associate director of Penn State's Institute of the Neurosciences


Patrick Drew, Huck distinguished associate professor of neural engineering and neurosurgery, has been appointed associate director of the Institute of the Neurosciences at Penn State.

Penn State researchers receive grant to explore novel method of anticoagulation


Two Penn State biomedical engineering faculty members have received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to explore potential solutions to thrombosis, or blood clot formation, a prevalent issue with blood-contacting medical devices such as heart valves, blood pumps and cardiac stents.

Grant recipients work to improve reconstructive ACL surgeries


Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Aman Dhawan, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and associate professor with the Penn State College of Medicine, have been awarded one of two annual Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine.

Artificial heart lab demonstrates the impact of undergraduate research


While graduate students and faculty are known for their research work, undergraduates also make significant contributions to the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering's research portfolio.

Bioengineered cell walls open new medical, research possibilities


Biomedical engineers at Penn State have developed a process to build protective, synthetic plant cell walls around animal cells.

Professor awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers


Tak-Sing Wong, the Wormley Early Career Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Donald Trump.

Sense of smell, pollution and neurological disease connection explored


A consensus is building that air pollution can cause neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, but how fine, sooty particles cause problems in the brain is still an unanswered question.

Researchers look to unlock PTSD puzzle


A team of Penn State and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine researchers is attempting to answer a question that has long puzzled experts: Why do some individuals suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing trauma, and others do not?

Dermatology residents optimize exam that identifies skin cancers


Dr. Jeffrey Miller, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine, can pinpoint the moment he realized a routine procedure he performs daily is prone to error.

Penn State EnvironMentors team wins first place in national competition


A team of Penn State faculty, students and local high schoolers took first place at the 2019 EnvironMentors National Science Fair held last week in Washington, D.C.

Student’s love of research brings him to Penn State


Penn State’s biomedical engineering undergraduate program stresses practical research experience for its students. Which is why Penn State was a perfect fit for Atip Lawanprasert.

Biomedical engineering student helps peers reach study abroad goals


For Matthew Aronson, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, his experience studying at the National University of Singapore during the spring 2018 semester was incredible. So good, in fact, it made him want to help other Penn State engineering students get the most out of their global learning experience.

A two-step process for better delivery of medicine


A team of Penn State researchers have developed a medical hydrogel that enables programmable degradation via two separate trigger factors, such as light and pH, which could improve drug delivery, cell engineering, and regenerative medicine.

Rapid bacterial analysis and testing for antibiotic sensitivity demonstrated


Medical professionals may soon be able to detect bacteria in patient samples in minutes rather than days thanks to a new approach that traps and tests single cells, according to a team of biomedical engineers.

Advances in Cryo-EM materials may aid cancer and biomedical research


Cryogenic-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM) has been a game changer in the field of medical research, but the substrate used to freeze and view samples under a microscope hasn’t advanced much in decades. Now, thanks to a collaboration between Penn State researchers and the applied science company Protochips, Inc., this is no longer the case.

Roberson named biomedical engineering student marshal for 2019 spring commencement


Noah R. Roberson will be the student marshal for the biomedical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering’s spring commencement ceremony on May 3.

Learning on the other side of the world, part 2


Note: This is the second in a two-part series about the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s Global Capstone Project with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Part one was about the Penn State students’ experience in Hong Kong in November 2018, while this is about the Hong Kong Polytechnic University students’ experience visiting Penn State in January 2019.

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614