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Kraft recognized with Outstanding Teaching Award


Reuben Kraft, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and co-hire with the Penn State Institute of CyberScience, is being recognized with the 2018 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award.

Understanding how neurovascular coupling changes during postnatal development


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to determine how the communication between neurons and blood vessels of the brain changes from postnatal development through adulthood, which would enable the use of hemodynamic imaging to study neural activity, plasticity, and neurodevelopmental disorders in infants, children and animals.

Fighting new disease outbreaks before they can spread


Effective proactive virus discovery to help prevent future catastrophic disease outbreaks is the focus of a four year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Yang among those honored for exceptional contributions


Every year, the Penn State College of Engineering recognizes faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service. This year, among those honored is Jian Yang, professor of bioengineering, who received the Outstanding Research Award.

New non-invasive biopsy method for cancer diagnosis focus of $2.3M NIH grant


Development of a non-invasive liquid biopsy that enables cancer detection and monitoring even when tissue samples are scant or unavailable is the focus of a five-year, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health grant.

Learn about our new building, to open in 2019


Here are some facts and details about our soon-to-be new location...

The interdisciplinary research approach and why it works


If you have access to many brilliant research minds, even if they are outside of your department, then why not use them?

Biomedical engineering professor named chair of IEEE NANOMED 2018 conference


Pak Kin Wong, professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, has been named the chair of the 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (NANOMED).

Wong to receive New Innovator award at IEEE NANOMED 2018


Tak-Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, will receive the New Innovator award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (NANOMED) on December 2-5.

Lian receives Junior Investigator Award for stem cell breakthrough


Xiaojun Lance Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and biology, received the Junior Investigator Award at the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Advanced Biomanufacturing Special Interest Group (ABioM-SIG) Meeting on August 23-24.

Assistant professor honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Tak-Sing Wong, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, who is involved in pioneering work exploring synergies between biology and materials science, is the recipient of an award from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Biomedical Engineering faculty among those honored by College


Penn State College of Engineering will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on October 1 at 3 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Building a safer heart pump


Blood pumps are increasingly used as a temporary treatment for patients with end-stage heart disease or heart failure while they wait for a heart transplant. But the risk of blood clots and strokes put patients in peril before they can receive a donor heart, and is a barrier to their use in less sick patients who could benefit from their use.

Scholar, alumni honored for research at pair of international conferences


Penn State Eberly College of Science student and Schreyer Honors Scholar Tice Harkins received first place in the poster competition at the Joint Conference of Three Societies in Krakow, Poland, held July 2-6, for work to understand blood clot formation. Joshua Riley, a 2017 Penn State and Schreyer Honors College alumnus who graduated with a degree in biomechanical engineering, received third place in the competition.

Heart-brain connection could be predictive biomarker for epilepsy


Heartbeat irregularities connected to brain activity abnormalities may lead to the ability to predict eventual epileptic seizures in subjects who suffered physical or infectious brain insults, according to Penn State researchers who studied mouse models of cerebral malaria, which often causes epilepsy in those who survive.

Reverse, self-healing filter opens the door for endless novel applications


A self-healing membrane that also acts as a reverse filter can block small particles and let large ones through is possible, according to Penn State mechanical engineers who say it is "straight out of science fiction."

NSF award to shine more light on proteins


An award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will enable a Penn State researcher to develop a better method to “see” proteins for improved medical diagnoses.

Researchers explore genome editing and stem cell potential to alter cardiac treatment


Penn State researchers aim to dramatically alter the care of cardiac disease and heart injuries by examining the treatment potential of cardiac cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs).

Camouflaged Nanoparticles Used to Deliver Killer Protein to Cancer


A team of Penn State researchers has developed a biomimetic nanosystem to deliver therapeutic proteins to selectively target cancerous tumors.

Targeting strategy may open door to better cancer drug delivery


Bioengineers may be able to use the unique mechanical properties of diseased cells, such as metastatic cancer cells, to help improve delivery of drug treatments to the targeted cells, according to a team of researchers at Penn State.

Better biomimetic bone focus of NIH grant


The next generation of biomimetic orthopedic implants that incorporate citrate signaling may be possible thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Biomedical engineering professor part of multimodal energy harvesting research team


A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support, according to a team of Penn State researchers that includes Sulin Zhang, professor of biomedical engineering.

$2 million NIH grant awarded to two Penn State professors to develop new kind of wound dressing


Two Penn State professors have received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to develop a wound dressing made of semi-synthetic biomaterials.

Graduate students to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting


Two Penn State graduate students have been selected by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting June 24-29, in Lindau, Germany.

Gomez to use NSF CAREER award to study how cell differentiation is affected by tissue stiffness


Esther Gomez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, Penn State, has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) prestigious Early Career (CAREER) award to better understand the mechanobiology of mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET).

Riley named biomedical engineering student marshal for 2018 spring commencement


Joshua M. Riley will be the student marshal for the biomedical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering's spring commencement ceremony on May 4. Riley will receive a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.

College of Engineering receives AHA Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award


The College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State have been awarded the 2018 Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Department of Biomedical Engineering offers new study abroad program in Milan


The Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is offering a new study abroad program for its students in Milan, Italy, beginning in spring 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. 

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Phone: 814-863-6614