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Welcome to BME

The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University is building research and educational programs around a vision that a quantitative understanding of the human body can be used as a foundation for the rational design of therapies, molecules, devices, and diagnostic procedures to improve human health.

About BME

The primary mission of the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is to educate students to understand the human body as an integrated system and the mechanisms of disease through quantitative engineering analysis, and to use that understanding to design better therapeutic strategies, devices, and diagnostics to improve human health.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

New York State has recently approved the new Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Major, and we are working hard to finalize the details of the curriculum.  The mission of the B.S. program in Biomedical Engineering is to train students in the practice of design, fabrication, and analysis of biomedical systems, devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics.  Specifically, Cornell's vision of Biomedical Engineering centers around a quantitative approach to understanding biology across length and time scales, with a focus on issues related to human health.

Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University focuses on interdisciplinary research to achieve a quantitative understanding of human biology at all spatial and temporal scales with the goal of improving human health.

Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Engineers who understand biology and who can apply their knowledge and skills to improve human health are increasingly in demand. A professional degree in biomedical engineering (BME) will prepare students to fill this increasingly critical need.

Recent News

Professor Yi Wang receives Distinguished Investigator Award

Congratulations to Professor Yi Wang for receiving a 2015 Distinguished Investigator Award from the...

Professor Lawrence Bonassar receives Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor Lawrence Bonassar for receiving a 2015 Research Excellence Award from...

Shivaun Archer Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer Shivaun Archer for receiving a 2015 Teaching Excellence Award...

Osteoarthritis finding sheds light on HA injection controversy

Cornell researchers investigating why HA treatments have produced mixed results discovered that a...

'Super natural killer cells' destroy lymph node tumors

Cornell biomedical engineers have developed specialized white blood cells – dubbed super natural...

Summit shows taking risks drives success for entrepreneurs

At the Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit in New York City Nov. 6, CEOs presented, students pitched...

Did you know?

In 2005, Prof. Larry Bonassar (BME)and Prof. Hod Lipson (MAE) developed the first bio-printing of living tissue and printed a meniscus which lived for three months in incubation. This launched the field of bio-printing.

Latest Spotlights

Outreach: Meinig School hosts high school students on tours to promote interest in BME

High school students from the Southern Tier learn about different BME research paths in tours of the Bonassar, Butcher, and Nishimura labs.

Graduate Research Spotlight: Natalie Kelly

Natalie Kelly, a graduate student in Marjolein van der Meulen’s lab, works to find gene changes that occur in the postmenopausal skeleton after mechanical loading. The goal of the research is to find molecular mechanisms that lead to bone loss and o...


The Department of Biomedical Engineering is currently seeking applicants for the: