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History and Overview

StatueThe Biomedical Engineering program at Rutgers University was initially established in 1965 as a track within electrical engineering, offering M.S. degrees with a biomedical engineering emphasis. In 1986, the State of New Jersey formally chartered the Rutgers Department of Biomedical Engineering as an independent entity within the School of Engineering with exclusive responsibility for granting M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering. The Department developed its graduate programs in collaboration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJ) to provide a strong foundation in the basic biomedical and clinical sciences along with rigorous training in engineering fundamentals. The undergraduate program in biomedical engineering was inaugurated in 1991 under the “applied sciences” option within the School of Engineering; a formal undergraduate BS degree in BME was approved by the University in 1997 and by the State in 1999. The graduate program in biomedical engineering, which is jointly administered by Rutgers and UMDNJ/RWJ, has grown remarkably, and currently hosts over 70 faculty from the Rutgers science and engineering departments and UMDNJ/RWJ's basic biomedical science and clinical science departments. On July 1, 2013, Rutgers and UMDNJ merged which affects our department's graduate program and will help strengthen our program.

The primary educational mission of the department is to provide outstanding BS, ME, MS, and PhD level training in the following critical areas of biomedical engineering and technology:

  • Molecular, Cellular, and Nanosystems Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Physiologic Systems and Bioinstrumentation
  • Computational Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging

As of August 2013, the department census was as follows:

  • 22 core departmental faculty
  • Over 50 graduate program faculty
  • 7 educational and research staff members
  • More than 350 undergraduate students
  • 34 graduate Masters students
  • 65 graduate PhD students

Faculty within the Department of Biomedical Engineering hold prominent positions in the following university-wide “Centers-of-Excellence”:


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Professor John Li Elected IEEE Princeton Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chair

October 16, 2014

BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Region I Princeton-Central Jersey Section. He will take on the role of Chairman of the Engineering...
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Dr. Serom Lee Wins Best Poster

October 15, 2014

Recent BME PhD graduate, Dr. Serom Lee, was awarded first prize in the poster competition at the Innovations in Dermatological Sciences 2014 Conference held at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick,...
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Professor John Li Invited to Serve as Associate Editor for IEEE

October 08, 2014

BME Distinguished Professor John K-J. Li was invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the publication of the 2014 Proceedings of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International...
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Rutgers Team Receives a $2M NIH Grant for Graduate and Postgraduate Training

September 22, 2014

A team of Rutgers faculty led by Professor Martin Yarmush is one of seven new groups in the country selected by the NIH to receive this year`s BEST Award a 5-year $2 million grant designed to...
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