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Welcome to BME

The Department 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 Department 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

Schaffer teams with Rep. Tonko to lobby for additional BRAIN Initiative funding

Chris Schaffer, professor of Biomedical Engineering, was in New York’s Capital Region on Aug. 18 to...

2015 Young Innovators issue of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal

BME Associate Professor Cynthia Reinhart-King is one of the guest editors of the issue, and Michael...

Stiffer breast tissue in obese women promotes tumors

A Cornell study explains how obesity changes the consistency of breast tissue in ways that are...

Professor Nishimura receives $500K NSF Career Award

Nozomi Nishimura has been awarded a National Science Foundation Career Award entitled "CAREER:...

Long-awaited biomedical engineering major gets green light

Cornell University has received state approval to offer a long-awaited undergraduate major in...

Tumors' mechanical properties affect protein production

When tissues stiffen, as they do with tumors, a new study shows that proteins produced by such...

Latest Spotlights

M.Eng. students shadow clinicians in new immersion course

Interacting with clinicians is critical to the success of biomedical engineers. To prepare BME Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) students for these future interactions Cornell BME has previously piloted single day and week-long clinical immersion experi...

Meet the 2015 NSF Fellows

The Department of Biomedical Engineering would like to proudly congratulate the three students who won the 2014 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship.


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