Biomedical Engineering

About the Biomedical Engineering Program

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 also has joint degree programs with UT Dallas and UT Arlington. Thus, the program offers a robust set of resources for biomedical engineering research and education.

The UT Southwestern BME Program features four research and teaching tracks:

The BME Program has more than 40 faculty members from both basic science and clinical departments at UT Southwestern, who perform 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.

Students interested in joining the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program can apply here to the umbrella program within the Division of Basic Sciences. The curriculum for first-year students includes track-specific core courses, three or four laboratory rotations, and training in responsible conduct of research.

A Message from the Program Chair

Dr. Matthew Petroll

W. Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.
Professor, Ophthalmology
Fellow of AIMBE
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 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.