Illinois Tech's biomedical engineering program prepares students for leadership positions within some of today's most promising and challenging careers in medicine, research, and industry. Gain the knowledge and expertise to develop innovative medical solutions to industry-sponsored projects.
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The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Tech offers a distinctive education and unique research program focused on using science and technology to address current and emerging human health problems. Faculty research areas of expertise include medical imaging; machine learning; molecular imaging; signal and image processing; cancer research; and neural prostheses.
At the undergraduate level, our department offers a four-year engineering curriculum leading to a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
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New Online BME Courses Offered in Summer 2020The Department of Biomedical Engineering is offering three new online courses in summer 2020 (June 1-July 25).
Instructor: Diana M. Easton
Engineers must be equipped to answer the growing demands for new medical technologies. Introduction to Regulatory Science for Engineers teaches engineers how the regulated environment impacts the design, testing, and delivery of medical devices. It will equip students with the essential skills and tools to the practice of engineering in the medical device industry. In this course students will be exposed to the core concepts, processes, and tools surrounding the global medical device regulatory framework, and will gain foundational knowledge for the practical application of regulations throughout the product development lifecycle. From knowledge gained in the class, students will be expected to work in teams and use critical thinking, data analysis, and interpretation skills to research, evaluate, and present a scientific, technical, and legally justifiable approach for the global introduction of a new medical device.
Instructor: Rama S. Madhurapantula
Extracellular Matrix (ECM) is a highly complex system in mammalian biology responsible for structural support and functional (biochemical) signals for physiology. Specific amino acid sequences on the various ECM elements are responsible to trigger intra- and extracellular cascades leading to cell division, proliferation, tissue regeneration, wound healing, and inflammation. This course will focus on the following key concepts: (a) Gene expression, structure, and function of various ECM proteins and complexes and the physiological processes; (b) Etiology and the molecular progression of diseases caused by abnormalities to ECM proteins; (c) Mechanobiology of various ECM proteins; (d) Structure function and mechanical function of ECM interfaces with other tissues (muscle, bone, skin, etc.); and (e) Implications for tissue engineering and the development of novel biomimetic and biological ECM implants.
Instructor: Ken Tichauer
This course provides an overview of molecular imaging, a subcategory of medical imaging that focuses on noninvasively imaging molecular pathways in living organisms. Topics include imaging systems, contrast agents, reporter genes and proteins, and tracer kinetic modeling. Pre-clinical and clinical applications will also be discussed with an emphasis on cancer and the central nervous system.
(Prerequisite: Math 252 or equivalent)
Our biomedical engineering faculty research efforts focus in the areas of cell and tissue engineering, medical imaging, and neural engineering. Research expertise includes machine learning, molecular imaging, and neural prostheses.Learn More
Participate in breakthrough research with our biomedical engineering faculty, applying real-world applications and discovering solutions to issues that impact communities across the globe.Learn More
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“I visited a lot of schools that focused on engineering and almost all of them said not to go into research as a biomedical engineer—do instrumentation or make machines for hospitals. But I didn’t want to do that. I wanted the engineering to be on live cells and tissues. When I came to Illinois Tech I was told that cell and tissue engineering is our largest program of all the specializations in biomedical engineering. I thought that even if it was more challenging for me to find a job, I could at least go to a school that would encourage me to pursue what I want. That’s why I chose Illinois Tech.”
Deborah Adesina achieved her dream of conducting biomedical research beyond the classroom. This one-of-a-kind experience brings her one step closer to launching a career in research and development.Deborah Adesina (Biomedical Engineering/M.A.S. Chemical Engineering 3rd Year)
Initially focused on becoming a doctor, Jennifer Sabatka took an interest in engineering in high school—and found a path toward merging those two worlds at Illinois Tech.Jennifer Sabatka (Biomedical Engineering 1st Year)
Tran Le is working toward her professional goals and thankful for the rewarding opportunity to contribute applicable skills in the field of biomedical engineering, which gives her professional journey the most meaning.Tran Le (Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Tissue Specialization 4th Year)
Sophia Nelson immersed herself in the ADEPT Cancer Imager project to better detect cancer spread in surgically excised lymph nodes, while enhancing such valuable skills as critical thinking, independence, and communication.Sophia Nelson (Biomedical Engineering 3rd Year)
Born and raised in El Salvador, Diana Velasquez decided to pursue a degree in engineering with the goal of helping others obtain improved health care while improving standard processes.Diana Velasquez (Biomedical Engineering/M.A.S. Chemical Engineering 3rd Year)
Brianna McKenna’s linguistics electives led to a minor, which then led to a conversation with her professors—and a new direction for her life’s path.Brianna McKenna (BME ’19)