The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a basic science program within the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. BME is a prominent track within the graduate school, including over 75 students; nearly one fourth of the graduate school in the School of Medicine. BME has 11 primary faculty members and approximately 60 affiliate faculty members.
Biomedical Engineers use engineering principles to improve human health and speak the language of medicine and engineering. They work hand-in-hand with physicians, government agencies such as the NIH, CDC, FDA, and others, and companies in health-related fields. They develop devices, therapies, techniques, and applications to benefit human health.
Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Graduate Program
The Department is also a member of the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences; a unique collaboration which draws from faculty, staff, and students at both schools in areas such as tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, nanomedicine and nanobioengineering, biomechanics, neuroengineering, cardiovascular engineering and translational cancer research.
Between Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University, the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences program has over 80 faculty members and more than 150 students, with 14 partner centers and institutions. Many of the core faculty of BME are involved with the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), radiation oncology, radiology, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery, among others.
Helping Undergraduates Grow
The Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts undergraduate researchers from across the U.S. via a summer research program. In partnership with the undergraduate education and liberal arts focus of Wake Forest University (WFU), the BME Department helps students connect between the School of Medicine and WFU, by participating and providing educational research opportunities for undergraduate students. For instance, BME offers undergraduate research opportunities during the academic year to WFU undergraduates, including those pursuing a WFU Engineering degree. Some BME faculty and graduate students are also involved in teaching undergraduates in the WFU Engineering program.