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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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Patent Issued to Professor Yarmush and Colleagues

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A patent was issued to Professor Martin Yarmush, Eric Wallenstein, and Rene Schloss entitled, \"Media Conditioning for Improving Gene Delivery Efficiency To Differentiating Embryonic Stem...
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BME Students in Cardiovascular Engineering Lab Won Aresty Research Assistantships for 2014-2015

November 11, 2014

Three BME students from the Cardiovascular Engineering Lab won Aresty undergraduate research assistantships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Jeanette Caronia is working on Emerging Cardiovascular...
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BME Undergraduate Students Receive Aresty Awards for Fall 2014

November 10, 2014

The following BME undergraduate students were recently awarded grants for their undergraduate research with BME faculty:
1) Christopher Bargoud working with Professor William Craelius...
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Graduate Student Chris Lowe Wins Best Poster at BMES

October 29, 2014

BME PhD Graduate Student Christopher Lowe was awarded the Bioconjugate Chemistry (BC) Best Poster at the BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio Texas during October 22-25, 2014. Associate Editor Erin...
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