Biomedical engineering (BME) is an interdisciplinary science that employs engineering methods and approaches to define and solve biological problems. The UT Southwestern Medical Center BME Program has an emphasis on the development of advanced procedures and technologies that facilitate both basic biomedical research, and the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and disability.
Biomedical Engineering is part of a joint graduate program between UT Southwestern, UT Dallas and UT Arlington. In addition, we have very close ties with a number of high-tech industries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thus the program offers a robust set of resources for biomedical research and education.
The Biomedical Engineering Program has more than 40 faculty members from both basic science and clinical departments at UT Southwestern, whose research covers a broad range of fundamental and applied bioengineering research. The BME Program promotes a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment, with a focus on providing the highest quality education and training for our students.
The UT Southwestern BME Program features three research and teaching tracks:
- Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
- Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
- Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
The BME Progam also supports and promotes research in Bioinstrumentation and Medical Devices through its collaborations with UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and other academic and industry partners.
Students interested in joining the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program can apply here to the umbrella program within the Division of Basic Science. First-year students complete a core curriculum that includes track-specific core courses, three or four laboratory rotations, and training in the responsible conduct of research. Students who perform satisfactorily in the first semester are qualified to enter the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program.
A Message from the Program Chair
W. Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.
Graduate School: University of Virginia
Biomedical Engineering - the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology – offers a range of opportunities to help improve human health and well-being. The BME graduate program provides educational and research training in this rapidly growing field within a uniquely collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. With faculty performing research in both basic science laboratories and clinical departments on campus, the program fosters translational, bench to bedside advances in the understanding, detection, and treatment of human disease.
Students in the BME program are directly involved in the development and application of cutting-edge biomedical technologies, novel experimental approaches, and advanced computational techniques. Our curriculum and research training are designed to prepare our students for distinguished careers in biomedical engineering research, teaching, and practice.