Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • Ph.D. in Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering
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Contacts for Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Field Chair

Dr. Linxia Gu

Staff Secretary

Ms. Kathie Hiatt

Campus Address

W342 Nebraska Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0526

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Biomedical Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (International applicants only)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal statement of research interests
  • Resume

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Biomedical Engineering
For Financial ConsiderationFall: February 15 Spring: October 15 Summer: February 15
OtherwiseRolling admissions, contact the department for more information.


Although housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, biomedical engineering at Nebraska is highly interdisciplinary, integrating engineering, biology, and medicine. Collaboration occurs among students and faculty from several of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering departments and between those in industry at local hospitals and medical centers. Major emphasis is placed on employing engineering techniques to improve human health by understanding both the engineering and medical needs of a situation.

Careers in medical research and medical practice including applications in tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, nanobiology, medical imaging, robotics, and ergonomics, as well as clinical, orthopedic and rehabilitation engineering are all possible through biomedical engineering. The rewards are great when using the problem-solving skills learned in engineering to find solutions to healthcare issues.

Courses and More

Students in Biomedical Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Eveline Baesu
Solid Mechanics; Electromechanical Effects; Fiber Networks; Biomechanics
Greg Bashford
Cerebral Hemodynamics and Emboli Detection during Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Ultrasound Micromorphology Analysis of Achilles Tendon
Mark Beatty
Dentistry; Development of Maxillofacial Prosthetic Materials; Cartilage Tissue Engineering
Florin Bobaru
Damage and Fracture with Peridynamics; Modeling of Corrosion Damage and Stress Corrosion Cracking; Failure in Heterogeneous Materials; Dynamics of Granular Materials; Optimization of Material Composition and Optimal Shape Design
Kevin Cole
Analytical Methods via Internet; Biomedical Devices; Fluid-Flow Sensors; Inverse Problems
Jitender Deogun
Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Optical Networks; Graph Algorithms; Information Retrieval; Bioinformatics; Combinatorics
Yuris Dzenis
Multi-Domain Networks; Structural and Algorithmic Graph Theory; Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Bioinformatics; Data Mining Models
Shane Farritor
Robotic Highway Safety Markers; Miniature Surgical Robots; Real-Time Measurement of Track Stiffness; Planetary Cliff Descent Using Cooperative Robots
E. Terence Foster
Structural Engineering; Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; Computer Applications; Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization of Engineered and Economic Systems; Aerospace
Kevin Grosskopf
Sustainable Energy; Research and Training Provider Expertise in Airborne Infection Control; Mold and 'Sick Building' Syndrome; Fire, Explosive and Windstorm Mitigation; Post-Disaster Response and Recovery; Energy Efficiency
Linxia Gu
Interface Mechanics using Measurement-Calibrated Computational Approach, including Fluid-Structure Interaction, Hierarchical Tissue- Medical Implant Interface; Nano/Micro Fiber/Fiber and Fiber/Cell Interface
Junke Guo
Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling
Ming Han
Optical Sensors/Actuators for Structural Health Monitoring; Micro/Nano Photonic Devices and Structures; Optical Biochemical Sensors
Michael Hoffman
Digital Signal Processing; Joint-Source and Channel Coding; Data Compression
Qing Hui
Thermostabilization in Complex Systems Engineering; Human-interactive Neuromorphic Supercomputing Networks; Model-Based and Data-Driven Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Large-Scale Hybrid Networks; Nature-Inspired Swarm Intelligence Algorithms
Nicole Iverson
Biomedical Engineering; Nanotechnology; Biological sensors; Disease Development and Resistance; Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species
Deepak Keshwani
Bioenergy Systems; Bioprocess Modeling and Optimization; Biochemical Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass
Jennifer Keshwani
Biomedical Engineering; Biomaterials
Srivatsan Kidambi
In Vitro Models of Brain, Liver, Cancer Nanoscale Drug Delivery Platforms for miRNA/Small Drug Molecules
Yong Rak Kim
Testing and Modeling Geomaterials; Computational-Experiemental Constitutive Damage Modeling
Josephine Lau
Indoor Air Quality; Air Flow Modeling and Measurement; Energy Simulation of HVAC Systems; Air Cleaning and Filtration Technologies
Yuguo Lei
Stem Cell Therapy for Brain Diseases
Jung Yul Lim
Regulate Cell Function and Fate via Applying Biomaterial Cues; Integrate Molecular Engineering of Key Signaling Molecules to Reveal the Role of Focal Adhesion, Cytoskeletal Tension, Cell-Cell Interaction, and Immune Response
Yongfeng Lu
Nanoscale Laser Material Processing and Characterization; Nanoimprinting; Nanoparticle Formation; Thin Film Deposition
Mehrdad Negahban
Large Deformation Thermo-Mechanical Response of Materials
Carl Nelson
Mechanical Systems Design and Analysis; Medical Robotics; Modularity in Mechanical Systems; Graph-Theoretic Techniques in Robotics and Mechanical Systems Design
Wei Niu
Apply Metabolic Engineering Principles and Synthetic Biology tools to the Microbial Synthesis of Industrial or other Value Added Chemicals from Renewable Feedstocks; Develop New Enzyme Catalysts and Auxiliary Functional Proteins
Dmitry Oleynikov
Laparoscopic and Esophageal Surgery; Esophageal Motility; Robotic Surgery
Angela Pannier
Tissue Engineering of Growth Plate Cartilage; Gene Delivery to hMSCs; Gene Delivery in General; DNA Vaccination Particles
Dongming Peng
Digital Signal Processing; Computer Architecture; Parallel Computing; Wireless Sensor Networks; Image Processing; Multimedia Security; Cross Layer Design
Lance Perez
Health Care Monitoring of Medicare Patients
Randy Peters
Jay Puckett
Building Information Systems; Software Engineering; Bridge Engineering; Big Data Related to Asset Management; Seismic Engineering; Structural Dynamics Including Aeroelastic Phenomena; Multiphysics Simulations
Peter Revesz
Database Systems; Constraint Programming; Geographic Information Systems; Bioinformatics
Mark Riley
Bioprocess Engineering and Biosensors; Detection of Pathogens in Drinking Water; Lung Cell Spectroscopy
Erica Ryherd
Engineering Healthcare Environments Conducive to Healthy Occupant Outcomes; Effects of Sound on Human Perception, Performance, and Health; Multi-Source, Time-Variant Sound Environments; Quantifying Environmental Noise and Impacts
Sangjin Ryu
Experimental Investigations of Multi-Scale Phenomena of Fluid Flow and Cellular Mechanics and their Applications in Engineering Systems; Breast cancer stem Cell Regulation by ECM mechanics; Biophysical Mechanism of Calcium-Based Cell Motility
Khalid Sayood
Gene Regulation Using uORFs in Yeast; Whole Genome Phylogeny; Characterizations of Microbiomes
Mathias Schubert
Nanoscience of Hybrid Optical Materials; Generalized Ellipsometry; Nanostructure Properties and Multi-Ferroic Heterostructure
Avery Schwer
Facility Planning; Project Management; Ethics; Environmental Engineering; Sustainable Construction; Investigation of Renewable and Sustainable High Performance Building and Community Applications
Michael Sealy
Medical Device Manufacturing; Additive Manufacturing; Laser-Based Manufacturing; Process Sustainability and Energy Consumption; Surface Integrity; Fatigue and Corrosion; Biodegradable Metals; Finite Element Analysis of Manufacturing Processes
Terry Stentz
Physical Work Capacity Testing of Younger and Older Workers Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor; Back Injury Risk Analysis Using a Lumbar Motion Monitor (LLM)
Nick Stergiou
Biomechanics; Human Movement Variability and Injury Prevention
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Anuradha Subramanian
Biomaterials; Ultrasound Medicine and Biology; Protein Engineering and Design
Benjamin Terry
Biomedical Research; Medical Therapeutics, Devices, and Surgical Tools; Intuitive, Ambulatory Biosensors; Biomechanical Behavior of Tissues and Organs
Joseph Turner
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
William Velander
Safer, More Abundant Sources of Biotherapeutics; Pioneered Genetically Engineered Versions of Human Anticoagulant; Protein C, Human Anti-Hemophiliac Factors VIII and IX, and Fibrinogen from the Milk of Transgenic Livestock
Hendrik Viljoen
Solid Phase Reactants; Thermal Stresses and Crack Development; Piezoelectric Sensors; Point-of-Care Diagnostics; Theoretical Investigation of Errors in Polymerase Chain Reaction Process
Lily Wang
Noise Control; Room Acoustics; Building Environmental Effects on Humans
Clarence Waters
Lighting and Power Distribution Systems for Buildings; Building Environmental Effects on Humans
Tim Wei
Fluid Dynamics; Role of Fluid-Structure Interactions of Vocal Folds in Voice Production; Multiscale Modeling of Atherogenesis; Interaction of Fluid Stresses on Bacterial Biofilm Growth and Evolution
Tadeusz A Wysocki
Modeling Biological Processes at Cellular Level Using Queuing Theory; Molecular Signaling, Gene Delivery, Targeted Drug Delivery, Metabolomics Networks

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