2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Head: Mary K. Cowman

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Biomedical Engineering Department is to prepare our students for careers that leverage a deep foundation in engineering and technology in order to discover, design, and develop new engineering products, systems and processes to improve human health and wellness.

The Department

The newly established Department of Biomedical Engineering has assembled a core of renowned faculty from multiple disciplines in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the NYU School of Medicine. Biomedical Engineering is inherently multidisciplinary, and the new department reflects that breadth in its faculty, educational programs, and research.

The department currently offers the MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering . The PhD program is not currently accepting students. Our graduate programs include courses in areas such as human anatomy and physiology, applied math, medical imaging, digital signal processing, tissue engineering, and biomedical instrumentation, with a choice of specialized tracks in Biomaterials, Medical Imaging and Bioinstrumentation. Students are encouraged to engage in engineering research projects in collaboration with medical researchers and clinicians, on problems of immediate importance and application.

Our faculty and students focus on connecting engineering and technology with medicine. They create new approaches and tools for medical imaging, tissue engineering and repair, bioinstrumentation and biosensors, mechanobiology, robotics and prosthetics, computational medicine, systems genetics, and a wide variety of other applications. For example, our biomedical engineers have multiple joint projects involving researchers from the Orthopaedic Surgery Department, for novel cartilage and bone repair biotherapeutics and joint implants. We are working with our counterparts in radiology and radiation oncology on new signal processing and data management protocols for medical imaging and radiotherapy. We work with neurologists on devices and analysis approaches for on-site detection of mild traumatic brain injuries. Our faculty are collaborating with physicians working in cardiovascular medicine on the development of new stent delivery devices, and with faculty in rehabilitation medicine on recovery and enhancement of physical abilities. These and other project areas are supported by our strengths in medical imaging, signal processing and analysis, wireless devices, big data management and visualization, novel detection phenomena and diagnostic devices, controlled biomolecular structure and interactions, and computational modeling of complex systems. Our department faculty, staff, and students are knowledge brokers, inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and partners with companies engaged in healthcare technologies and therapeutics.

Our faculty and research laboratories are located in both our downtown Brooklyn campus, and at our First Avenue labs in Manhattan adjacent to the NYU Medical, Dental, and Nursing schools.  Our biomedical engineering faculty have close connections with the physicians, faculty, researchers, and patients at NYU Langone Health and other nearby institutions of the Health Corridor, while maintaining teaching and research appointments in the Tandon School of Engineering. The Biomedical Engineering Department serves as a central point of coordination between health professionals and engineers, linking new enabling technologies with the real world needs of our communities in NYC and across our NYU Global Network locations.


NYU Tandon School of Engineering 

Biomedical Engineering Department

433 First Avenue, room 904

New York, NY 10010

Tel: (212) 992-5970

Web: https://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/departments/biomedical-engineering

Email: engineering-bme@nyu.edu

Degrees Offered

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Biomedical Engineering (not currently accepting students)



Jef Boeke, PhD, DSc

Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, and Biomedical Engineering

Director of the Institute of Systems Genetics

Member NAS, AAA&S


Mary K. Cowman, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Orthopaedic Surgery

Associate Dean for Bioengineering


Thorsten Kirsch, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cell Biology, and Biomedical Engineering

Vice Chair for Research, Orthopaedic Surgery

Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center


Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS

Professor of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience & Physiology, Neural Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Chair, Ophthalmology

Director, NYU Langone Eye Center


Ivan Selesnick, PhD

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology

Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD

Professor of Radiology, Neuroscience & Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering

Vice Chair for Research, Radiology

Director of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging

Principal Investigator of the Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research

Co-director, Tech4Health


Samir Taneja, MD

Professor of Urology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering

Vice Chair, Urology

Director, Division of Urologic Oncology

GU Program Director, Perlmutter Cancer Center


Yao Wang, PhD

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology


Assistant Professors

Alesha B. Castillo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Orthopaedic Surgery


Weiqiang Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


John-Ross Rizzo, MD

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurology, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering

Director, Visuomotor Integration Laboratory

Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Alliance and Center Transforming Low Vision


Industry Faculty

Gene R. DiResta, PhD, PE, DABR

Industry Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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