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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.

Join us in June! 

Join us June 22, 2018 for a daylong celebration honoring the achievements of Michael L. Shuler, Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering. For more details and to register, visit the event website,

Shuler Symposium invite graphic

Recent News

Sugar-coated vesicles prove effective in laboratory tests on deadly pathogens

The labs of Matt DeLisa and Dave Putnam has teamed with a group from Harvard to work on a vaccine...

Prof. Singh receives 2018 3M non-tenured faculty award

Award recognizes outstanding research, experience, teaching and academic leadership.

Grant seeks to diversify participation in biology, biomedical graduate studies

A new initiative aims to increase participation rates and enhance the success of under-represented...

Ziemian selected for 2018 ORS/RJOS Young Female Investigator Travel Grant

van der Meulen Lab Ph.D. student Sophia Ziemian recognized for orthopaedic research.

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.

Did you know?

“Animal-on-a-chip” research was developed by Biomedical Engineering department chair Michael Shuler and Daniel Tatosian (Chemical Engineering, Ph.D., 2006). The one-inch square chips contain liver cells, tumor cells, multidrug-resistant tumor cell, marrow cell and adipose tissue cells and represent mathematical models that predict mobility of drugs through various organs.

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.