Although the interests of faculty in BioMedical Sciences and Engineering are diverse, the areas in which they work can be categorized into 5 core sub-areas:
Cellular and Molecular Engineering
Primary focus is engineering as it applies to biomolecules or tissues. Some examples include synthetic biology, tissue engineering, regenerative biology, systems biology and macromolecular simulations.
Primary focus is the development of technologies that improve our ability to visualize living systems at high resolution. Some examples include bio-optics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and functional Imaging of tissues.
Medical Devices and Microsystems
Primary focus is the development of devices that facilitate biomedical monitoring and/or high throughput screening. Some examples include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Bioinstrumentation, medical devises for non-invasive physiologic monitoring and sensory aids for the deaf and blind.
Clinical Inference and Learning in Medicine
Primary focus is the use of sophisticated algorithms to facilitate clinical decision making. Some examples include building predictive models to identify high risk patient subgroups and natural language processing to extract meaningful data from clinical narratives.
Primary focus is the development of sophisticated models to understand and/or model important features of complex biological organisms. Some examples include auditory physiology, human speech recognition, and the construction of models to assess overall cardiovascular health.
These areas do not have rigid boundaries and many faculty members and students work on problems which have components in several sub-areas.
Video from Prof. Collin Stultz