What Is BME?

Upgrade Medical Technology & Improve the Human Condition

Biomedical engineering creates the next generation of medical devices, technologies and methods supporting a healthy life.

At the University of Arizona, biomedical engineering students get a cutting-edge look at new advancements in medicine. They are given the unique experience of being in a highly interdisciplinary department with diverse research opportunities, world-renowned faculty and dynamic focus areas. As a Research 1 Institution, the UA gives undergraduates opportunities to get involved in labs and research positions as early as their first year. 

The four focus areas available in the biomedical engineering department are:

  • Biomechanics
    Emphasizing how dynamic and static forces interact with the human body and how mechanical engineering principles govern motility and stability of cells and organs.
  • Biomaterials/tissue engineering
    Concentrating on understanding the materials interface and creation of tissue-mimicking systems.
  • Technology and devices
    Exploring the biological principles to build sensors for disease detection with micro- and nanoscopic systems.
  • Prehealth
    One of only a few approved premedical majors in the College of Engineering. 

Research Highlights

The department's interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research is changing the way we practice medicine.

We are:

  • Developing new imaging methods to visualize diseases using radio waves, light and ultrasound
  • Creating custom parts for implantation to restore vision and to repair the cardiovascular system
  • Studying the mechanical properties of the eye to maintain normal vision into old age
  • Exploring how nerve paralysis might be caused by mechanical stress
  • Examining how vascular tissues remodel to maintain proper circulation
  • Implanting sensors to analyze walking, predict frailty and warn patients when joints and implants are overloaded
  • Pushes the limits of nanomedicine by creating small capsules that deliver drugs to different parts of the body
  • Building laboratories smaller than a penny for the detection of bacteria and cancer cells

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020