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Message from the Graduate Program Director

Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.
W. Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.


Fellow of AIMBE

Graduate School: University of Virginia

Petroll Lab

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. Housed in one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and coordinated with the UTSW Department of Biomedical Engineering, the UTSW BME graduate program is focused on translational research advances in the understanding, detection, and treatment of human disease.

Our graduate program features over 100 faculty members with appointments in basic science, engineering, and clinical departments, providing a wide range of research opportunities for our PhD students. In addition to the UTSW Department of Biomedical Engineering, we have inter-institutional collaborations with UT Dallas and UT Arlington engineering schools, thus our trainees have full access to traditional engineering faculty and resources.

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. As part of their research training, UTSW students learn to think critically, develop testable hypotheses, and design experiments that lead to new scientific discoveries and advances in clinical care. Our flexible curriculum and emphasis on experiential research training allows students to use their creativity, think independently, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively to push the boundaries of engineering, science and medicine. Thus, our graduates are ideally positioned to become leaders in both academic and industry settings.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

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