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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
The mission of the B.S. program in biomedical engineering (BME) 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.

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 will prepare students to fill this increasingly critical need.

Recent News

Cell Mechanics, Cancer, and Muscle Disease

The Lammerding lab studies how the rigidity or squishiness of a cell's nucleus, determined by its...

MRI Wait Times Must be Shortened to Improve Health Care, Cornell Researchers Say

Srivastava and Wang are dedicated to improving global access to MRI diagnostics.

DelNero and student awarded Spencer Prize Portfolio honorable mention

Nancy Qin (CALS) recognized for outstanding achievement developing essays on dimensions of cancer.

Interested in social entrepreneurship? Become a 'change-maker'

Cornell delegates to the Clinton Global Initiative University presented their commitments to action...

Scientists grow new ears for kids with microtia

Prof. Bonassar featured expert in CNN article on tissue engineering.

Ankur Singh selected as associate scientific advisor for Science Translational Medicine

Singh is first Cornell Engineering faculty to serve on the board of interdisciplinary medical...

Did you know?

In 2013, Lawrence Bonassar, associate professor of biomedical engineering, created the first artificial ears using 3-D printing and injectable molds. The artificial ear looks and acts like a natural ear and can be used for people born without ears or lost to accidents or illnesses

Latest Spotlights

Teacher-scientist partnerships in stem cell biology

Ten New York state middle and high school biology teachers spent eight weeks at Cornell participating full time in a new program that pairs teachers with faculty and graduate students for research, learning and curriculum development experiences

Postdoc Spotlight: Ana Maria Porras

Working with Brito Lab to investigate gut microbiota in a global context.


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