Research Areas

Explore our Research Areas

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For the graduate field of BME, which is much larger than the school, we emphasize the following six distinct but integrated areas of research:

biomechanics and mechanobiology

Biomechanics & Mechanobiology

Investigating the role of mechanical forces in physiological and disease processes.

Biomedical imaging and instrumentation

Biomedical Imaging & Instrumentation

Pioneering the development of imaging technologies and instruments, from simple Point-of-Care devices to sophisticated new microscopes that detect and uncover mechanisms of disease.

drug delivery and nanomedicine

Drug Delivery & Nanomedicine

Designing systems that effectively control the delivery of medicines, to investigate the effects of medicines on cells and tissues, and to evaluate their preclinical and clinical efficacy.

students working together in class

Engineering Education Research

Studying education systems to create knowledge that defines, informs, and improves the education of engineers.

Molecular & Cellular Engineering

Molecular & Cellular Engineering

Combining engineering with cell and molecular biology approaches to unravel disease mechanisms and identify novel therapeutic approaches.

Systems & Synthetic Biology

Systems & Synthetic Biology

Integrating experimental, modeling, and engineering approaches to dissect complex cellular phenomena at the network-scale.

Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials

Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials

Developing strategies for the recreation of tissues and the modeling of systems for research or drug testing.

Professors Putnam, Bonassar featured on WCNY's "Cycle of Health"

In this WCNY "Cycle of Health" January 9, 2020 program excerpt, Meinig School Professors David Putnam (polymer synthesis) and Lawrence Bonassar (biomechanics) describe how a new synthetic joint lubricant developed at Cornell could be the future of osteoarthritis relief.

Time-lapse Chick Embryo Development

Check out this time lapse video of chick embryo development out of the Meinig School's Jonathan Butcher Lab (Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory)

Taylor Oeschger

I’m a big proponent of community service and helping others and I see medical research as a way to help a lot of people even without knowing them directly. Biomedical research is some of the most meaningful research out there and that keeps me motivated every day.

— Taylor Oeschger, Ph.D.