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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.

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 will prepare students to fill this increasingly critical need.

Recent News

$1M NIH grant helps researchers refine quick cancer test

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Cornell and UCSF researchers a four-year, $1 million...

Minglin Ma named a top young innovator

Minglin Ma, assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering, was recently named a...

12 assistant professors win research grants

Twelve Cornell assistant professors have been awarded research grants by the Affinito-Stewart...

Rev Demo Day offers showcase for budding entrepreneurs

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works' second annual Hardware Accelerator Demo Day gave eight teams a chance to...

Brito went to Fiji to study mobile genes in human microbiome

Research involving a new Cornell professor proposes that human behavior helps provide selective...

Video: Chris Schaffer on how he uses optics to study Alzheimer's disease

Assoc. Prof. Chris Schaffer discusses his lab's research to find a cure for Alzheimer's sisease.

Did you know?

UltrOZ, a wearable therapeutic ultrasound system for horses, provides up to six hours of unsupervised ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation and promote healing. The technology grew out of work done by Cornell alum, George K. Lewis, (BME, M.S. 2008, Ph.D., 2012) who co-founded the company.

Latest Spotlights

Welcome Ilana Brito

Brito uses systems biology approaches to study the transmission of bacterial and genetic components of the human microbiome

PhD Summer Immersion in NYC

Check out what our PhD students are up to this summer during their immersion term in NYC.


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