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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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Graduate Student Wins P.E.O. Scholar Award

March 25, 2015

BME PhD student Kathryn Drzewiecki has recently been awarded a $15k P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Scholar Award. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is interested in bringing increased opportunities...
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Graduate Student Awarded 2-Year NJCCR Fellowship

March 04, 2015

Michelle Sempkowski, a BME PhD student, has been awarded a 2-year, $50,000 fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Michelle is currently studying a new binding geometry on...
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Professors Roth and Devore Issued Patent

February 24, 2015

A patent entitled \"Graft Polymers for Enhanced Intracellular Delivery of Antisense Molecules\" was issued to Professors Charles Roth (BME/CBE Departments) and David Devore (NJ Center for Biomaterials)....
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Professors Roth, Uhrich and Team Issued Patent

February 24, 2015

A patent entitled \"Amphiphilic Macromolecules for Nucleic Acid Delivery\" was issued recently to Professors Kathryn Uhrich (CCB), Charles Roth (BME/CBE), along with former Ph.D. students Sarah...
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