Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering focuses on improving medical systems to enhance human health. Biomedical engineers take engineering science, analysis, and design and applies them in the context of human health performance and medicine. The ECU biomedical engineering concentration includes topics such as medical instrumentation, biological materials, and modeling in areas such as biomechanics and the physiological systems of the body. ECU Biomedical Engineering students learn the fundamental principles of life science applications, and life-long skills in engineering, communication and design and research. Small student-faculty ratios create a strong sense of collegiality between professors and students. Close collaboration and involvement with ECU Brody School of Medicine faculty assures the most current and critical topics and laboratory experiences. Building on the ECU engineering core, biomedical engineers take specialty courses that cover:

  • Biomechanics and biomaterials
  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Modeling of physiological systems
  • Principles of biomedical engineering

The integrated curriculum includes courses from key engineering areas such as instrumentation, materials, and modeling coupled with a hands-on engineering experience through laboratory coursework and solving real-life biomedical problems.


Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer

Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include cardiac electrophysiology, cell-to-cell communication, stem-cell based therapies, and computational biology.

Dr. Stephanie George

Dr. Stephanie George is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include computational modeling of the cardiovascular system using MRI, pulmonary hypertension with sickle cell disease, and heart failure patient monitoring.

Dr. Colleen Janeiro

Dr. Colleen Janeiro is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests include tissue engineering, especially in the musculoskeletal system;bioabsorbable polymers, their uses in vivo, and their processing quirks;and how to improve engineering education.

Dr. Sunghan Kim

Dr. Sunghan Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research includes biomedical signal processing and instrumentation. More specifically, EEG-based brain-computer interface and emotion study, cardiovascular perfusion monitoring, diabetic neuropathy balance study, continuous blood pressure monitoring, and intracranial pressure estimation.

Dr. Loren Limberis

Dr. Loren Limberis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include biomolecular engineering, bioprocess engineering, and biohybrid devices. His research involves the development of novel biomolecules for use in a variety of biotechnology devices, such as biosensors, research and diagnostic tools, and other bioengineered applications.

Dr. Ali Vahdati

Dr. Vahdati is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research is focused in the areas of multi-scale biomechanical testing and multi-physics computational modeling of natural and synthetic biomaterials for applications in precision medicine. He utilizes computer modeling (virtual experiments) and experimental techniques to study the interaction of implants with native tissue, to predict the outcome of subject-specific surgical techniques and to prevent and diagnose mechanically-induced pathologies of soft and calcified tissues. His past and present research interests include: implant-tissue Interaction, bone and cartilage biomechanics, mechanobiology and remodeling around personalized implants, subject-Specific surgical modeling, constitutive modeling of soft tissue, hydrogels and multiphasic materials and damage and failure characterization of soft materials.

Biomedical engineers are prepared for broad career options, including graduate study and medical school, careers in hospital and research operations, in biomedical product development, manufacturing and sales.

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