The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems is to promote health and quality of life through education, research and innovation that integrates engineering and life sciences in a global context.

The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems is a nationally recognized center for research in biomedical engineering and science offering multi-disciplinary instruction on a full- and part-time basis at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems offers a bachelor of science program in biomedical engineering with a choice of five concentration areas: biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics and human performance engineering, biomedical informatics, biomedical devices and imaging, and neuroengineering.

About the School

The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems (formerly the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute, founded in 1961) is a leader in biomedical engineering and biomedical science research and education. The undergraduate program was inaugurated in September 1998 and has steadily grown to attract the highest ability students at the University. The undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The School's academic thrust areas, both in research and education, are at the forefront of biosensing, bioimaging, bioinformation engineering and integrated bioinformatics, drug delivery, biomedical ultrasound & optics, bionanotechnology, cellular tissue engineering, neuroengineering and human performance. Emerging initiatives include skin bioengineering, pediatric engineering and homeland security technologies. Various departments at Drexel University offer courses that are suited for students in biomedical engineering and biomedical science. The School's curriculum complements the strengths of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Computing & Informatics, Law and Medicine. As a whole, the curriculum offers the advanced knowledge needed for industrial careers, health professions, graduate research or careers in highly specialized fields such as pre-professional health (medical, dental, and veterinary) and pre-law.

The marriage of technology with biology and medicine drives the 21st Century industrial enterprise. Consistent with this mission, the School strives for clinical and industrial relevance in our academic pursuits. The School maintains a strong entrepreneurship program in biomedical technologies. The School's alliance with regional economic development agencies and corporations together with advisors from business development, legal, and investment communities sustains the growth of this program. The students and faculty of the School are committed to move their discoveries from laboratories to clinical practice or home use. The success of theTranslational Research in Biomedical Technologies program has been recognized and funded regionally as well as nationally.

The School has experienced remarkable growth in recent years thanks to our outstanding research portfolio, high quality and innovative undergraduate program, and our multidisciplinary approach to education and research. Another competitive advantage is the unique free-standing university-level administrative structure with its own tenure-track faculty lines, budget and space. This helps transcend the traditional organizational boundaries of engineering, sciences and medicine. The School's independence allows the pursuit of growth and collaborations in various disciplines. The School's small size provides agility to reconfigure and reorganize in response to emerging opportunities. The University Strategic Plan recognizes our School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems as “Drexel’s prototype of academic integration. ”

Metropolitan Philadelphia has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of medical institutions and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and systems industry. The School has forged strategic partnerships with select universities, research institutes, health care institutions and industries in the region. The School enjoys a close working relationship with our Drexel College of Medicine as well as alliances with prominent medical institutions in the region to develop joint research and educational programs. These include University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Wistar Institute. These collaborative initiatives provide students with ample opportunities in basic and clinical research as well as innovative academic programs.

Applicants to the graduate program must meet the requirements for admission to graduate studies at Drexel University. Candidates for degrees in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems are required to maintain academics standards applicable to all graduate students at Drexel University.

Co-operative Education

Co-op and career opportunities available to students include employment in the medical device, equipment, and systems industry; the biomaterial and implant industry; the pharmaceutical industry; the biotechnology and agricultural industry; the telemedicine and tele-health industry; health care; medical and clinical information and management systems; and biomedical technology transfer. Preprofessional options available in the academic programs of the School prepare students for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Students may also choose to continue their education at the graduate level to prepare for careers in research and development in biomedical engineering and science.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Special Programs

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program

The Accelerated BS/MS degree program provides opportunities for strongly motivated students with high ability to progress toward their educational goals at an accelerated pace. The program makes it possible for top engineering students to obtain both degrees in the same time period that it takes most students to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Preprofessional Programs

Students who want to prepare for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine, including the BA/BS/MD and early assurance programs at the Drexel College of Medicine, may obtain professional counseling and assistance from the Office of Preprofessional Programs, 215-895-2437.

University Honors

Program Students in the Biomedical Engineering program may apply for admission to the University Honors Program. Admission depends on superior academic performance at Drexel and may be approved after a personal interview with the Honors Committee.

University Leadership Program

Drexel graduates in Biomedical Engineering will be the leaders of their profession--and their communities--in the twenty-first century. The University Leadership Program helps cultivate leadership skills and engages students in exploring the complex aspects of successful leadership by offering multi-dimensional courses featuring service learning.

Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Faculty

Fred D. Allen, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Tissue engineering, cell engineering, orthopedics, bone remodeling, wound healing, mechanotransduction, signal transduction, adhesion, migration.
Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD (Wayne State University). Assistant Professor. Structural characteristics of the pediatric thoracic cage using CT scans and developing an age-equivalent animal model for pediatric long bones.
Kenneth A. Barbee, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Cellular biomechanics of neural and vascular injury, mechanotransduction in the cardiovascular system, mechanical control of growth and development for wound healing and tissue engineering.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Uri Hershberg, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). Assistant Professor. Bioinformatics, immunology, neural computation, system biology, somatic selection, autoimmunity, genetic stability, germline diversity, dendritic cell, transcription elements, pathogens, computational and mathematical modeling, complex systems, cognition and inflammation.
Joshua Jacobs, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Neuroengineering, electrocorticography (ECoG), electroencephalography (EEG), single-neuron spiking, brain oscillations, episodic memory, working memory, spatial navigation, conceptual representations.
Dov Jaron, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine. Professor. Mathematical, computer and electromechanical simulations of the cardiovascular system.
Andres Kriete, PhD (University in Bremen Germany) Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Academic Operations. Systems biology, bioimaging, control theory, biology of aging, skin cancer.
Ryszard Lec, PhD (University of Warsaw Engineering College). Professor. Biomedical applications of visoelastic, acoustoptic and ultrasonic properties of liquid and solid media.
Peter Lewin, PhD (University of Denmark, Copenhagen-Lyngby) Richard B. Beard Professor, School Of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Biomedical ultrasonics, piezoelectric and polymer transducers and hydrophones; shock wave sensors.
Hualou Liang, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Associate Professor. Neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neural data analysis and computational modeling, biomedical signal processing.
Donald L. McEachron, PhD (University of California at San Diego) Associate Director. Research Professor. Animal behavior, autoradiography, biological rhythms, cerebral metabolism, evolutionary theory, image processing, neuroendocrinology.
Karen Moxon, PhD (University of Colorado). Associate Professor. Cortico-thalamic interactions; neurobiological perspectives on design of humanoid robots.
Banu Onaral, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) H.H. Sun Professor / Director, School of Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems. Professor. Biomedical signal processing; complexity and scaling in biomedical signals and systems.
Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic University). Professor. Thin film technology; nanotechnology; near infrared imaging; power electronics.
Arye Rosen, PhD (Drexel University) Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Microwave components and subsystems; utilization of RF/microwaves and lasers in therapeutic medicine.
Ahmet Sacan, PhD (Middle East Technical University). Assistant Professor. Indexing and data mining in biological databases; protein sequence and structure; similarity search; protein structure modeling; protein-protein interaction; automated cell tracking.
Joseph J. Sarver, PhD (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Neuromuscular adaptation to changes in the myo-mechanical environment.
Rahamim Seliktar, PhD (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) Vice Director, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Limb prostheses, biomechanics of human motion, orthopedic biomechanics.
Adrian C. Shieh, PhD (Rice University). Assistant Professor. Contribution of mechanical forces to tumor invasion and metastasis, with a particular emphasis on how biomechanical signals may drive the invasive switch, and how the biomechanical microenvironment interacts with cytokine signaling and the extracellular matrix to influence tumor and stromal cell behavior.
Wan Young Shih, PhD (Ohio State University) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Kara Spiller, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Cell-biomaterial interactions, biomaterial design, and international engineering education.
Aydin Tozeren, PhD (Columbia University) Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Integrated Bioinformatics, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Breast cell adhesion and communication, signal transduction networks in cancer and epithelial cells; integrated bioinformatics, molecular profiling, 3D-tumors, bioimaging.
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts (ex vivo gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.
Yinghui Zhong, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Spinal cord repair, and engineering neural prosthesis/brain interface using biomaterials, drug delivery, and stem cell therapy.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Douglas L. Chute, PhD (University of Missouri) Louis and Bessie Stein Fellow. Professor. Neuropsychology and rehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries.

Emeritus Faculty

William Freedman, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Motor control; sensory and motor systems; reflexes; eye movements; neural networks.
John M. Reid, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Calhoun Professor Emeritus. Professor Emeritus. Diagnostic ultrasound, wave propagation and scattering in inhomogeneous media, imaging, instrumentation.
Hun H. Sun, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Biological control systems, physiological modeling, systems analysis.
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