Combining knowledge of the human system and engineering-based
quantitative problem-solving skills, Biomedical Engineering is at
the forefront of research and development today. Spanning
both the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Science and the
School of Engineering & Applied Science, our faculty and
students work on projects without limitations or departmental
UB Biomedical Engineering Researchers Develop a new drug
delivery method to target cancer cells - not the entire body - and
limit the side effects of chemotherapy. This image shows a
nanoballoon before (left) and after (right) being hit by a red
laser. The laser causes the balloon to pop open and release the
anti-cancer drugs directly at a tumor. Credit: Jonathan
We provide the environment for you to excel. Our faculty
members work closely with students as part of their research
activities, providing them with the skills and knowledge needed for
them to become successful researchers themselves.
The BME core courses provide hands-on engineering experiences
that involve design and modeling. Our students are encouraged to
explore particular interests in greater depth. Students have
numerous opportunities to participate in research and watch medical
discoveries move from bench to bedside.
Commited to developing safer, organic nanoparticles that will allow superior treatment options for cancer theraphy, Dr. Lovell recently discovered a new class of nanoparticle, porphysomes, that accumulate in tumors and can be heated using a laser...
Tissue engineering has long held promise for building new organs to replace damaged body parts. Dr. Sarkar's research focuses on overcoming the challenging of growing cells and organizing them into 3-dimensional functional structures...
Nanoparticles can be used to fight cancer, but, uncontrolled in the environment, they can be a health risk. Dr. Yun’s research span these areas to include developing engineered theranostics and multifunctional nanoparticles...
Adapting electronics to function in, on and around the body to improve human health and well-being is the focus of Dr. Titus’ research. For example, the days of being blinded by glare from the sun, despite the $300 sunglasses straddling your face, may soon be over...
Understanding what happens at the bone-implant interface can only develop better orthopaedic implants. Dr. Ehrensberger has developed a novel cell culture chamber that allows for simultaneous assessment of the interfacial electrochemistry...
Biomedical imaging is one of the most important enabling technologies in healthcare today. Imaging allows us to see objects, structures, and biological processes unreachable by human vision, providing tremendous opportunities to study biology...
Seeing inside the body is of critical importance for diagnosing and treating disease. Dr. Xia is an expert in an emerging technique for generating high-resolution images from inside the body called photoacoustic computed tomography or PACT. By combining acoustic signals, basically ultrasound, with optical signals from lasers, this technique produces finer details about tissue structure than either method on its own. Dr. Xia is developing this technique to be able to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment, and to aid in neurological research.
The human body is a harsh environment for implanted devices. A device in contact with human tissue must deal with a combination of galvanic corrosion, stress-enhanced crack growth, biofilm growth and immune response attack...
What can cell stiffness tell us about the health of tissues? Dr. Zhao’s research involves stressing tissues to better understand cell and tissue mechanics using novel magnetic microsystems, and the fabrication of biomaterials for tissue engineering...
A collaboration at the University at Buffalo between a software
development company and an engineering professor is working towards
creating a system which could help soldiers in the field and
civilians at home. Read more
Dandan Luo, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, has been
awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Association of
Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). The 2017 AAPS Foundation Graduate
Student Fellowship is awarded to five students on a merit basis.
The award provides a $10,000 fellowship. The award recognizes
students’ excellence in their academic performance and
validates that their research is deemed outstanding by an expert
panel of outside pharmaceutical scientists.
Just before putting on your winter coat, hat and gloves to go
shovel yet another snowstorm a few years from now, you may first
put on a special t-shirt which will monitor your heart and your
health. Read more
Three graduate students took first place in UB’s Henry A.
Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC)
for a biotechnology venture that offers a revolutionary new way to
deliver cancer drugs.
This kind of “hypermodal” imaging would give doctors
a much clearer picture of patients’ organs and tissues than a
single method alone could provide. It could help medical
professionals diagnose disease and identify the boundaries of
tumors. Read more
Shuai Shao, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, received
the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad. This
prestigious international honor recognizes Shuai's impressive
scholarly achievements as a doctoral student. No more than 500
young talents worldwide are granted the award each year. This honor
includes a $6,000 prize and a certificate of achievement issued by
the Scholarship Council of China.
Yumiao Zhang, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering and
Chemical and Biological Engineering won the first place prize out
of a field of 150 entrants for his poster presentation at the 41st
Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC 2015) held in Troy, New
York held April 17-19th.
Under development at UB, the contrast agent could provide
noninvasive, real-time views of the small intestine, alllowing
easier diagnosis of IBS, celiac disease and other ailments. Click for full article
To examine internal organs, doctors often use a tube with light
and a tiny camera attached to it. The device, called an endoscope,
helps detect cancer and other illnesses. It may soon serve another
purpose: zapping tumors. Learn more
On Thursday, April 7th, students who had placed within their
department's poster presentations competed at the school-wide
level. We are pleased to announce that our Biomedical Engineering
representatives performed very strongly. Vincent Tutino won 3rd
place in the poster competition.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded
accreditation from ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology. ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental
organization that serves the public globally through the promotion
and advancement of education in applied science, computing,
engineering, and engineering technology. ABET: