Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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  • PhD in Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering

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Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Field Chair
Dr. Linxia Gu

Staff Secretary
Ms. Kathie Hiatt

Campus Address
W342 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0526

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Biomedical Engineering

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these 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 Consideration: February 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring. February 15 for Summer.
  • Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


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.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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Fadi Alsaleem

Nonlinear Dynamics of MEMS; Smart MEMS; IoT; Smart Building; Online Monitoring and Diagnostics; Big Data Analysis

Ashraf Aly Hassan

Emission Control Technologies; Biological Treatment of Recalcitrant Air Toxics; Atmospheric and Indoor Air Pollution Control; Treatment, Fate, Tansport of Emerging Contaminants; Advanced Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes Development

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

Forrest Kievit

Developing nanoparticle-based delivery vehicles for transport into the brain for more effective brain cancer and brain injury treatments; Nanoparticle-mediated delivery of nucleic acids into brain tumors

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

Siamak Nejati

Polymeric materials, nanostructures ans coatings

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

Hasan Otu

Bioinformatics; Systems Biology; Bayesian Networks; Genetic Variations

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

Max Pierobon

Molecular Communication Theory for Nanonetworks; Communication Engineering Applied to Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems; Biological Circuit Network Engineering

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

Rajib Saha

Reconstruction and Analysis of Genome-Scale and Community Models; Systems-Level Analysis of 'Omics' Data

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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 PreventionUniversity 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

Mark Wilkins

Bioprocess Engineering

Tadeusz A Wysocki

Modeling Biological Processes at Cellular Level Using Queuing Theory; Molecular Signaling, Gene Delivery, Targeted Drug Delivery, Metabolomics Networks

Ruiguo Yang

Nanorobotics, BioMEMS and Mechanobiology; Micro/Nanosytems for Cellular Engineering to Manipulate Cells Through Delivery of Biomolecules; Cell-Cell Interactions to Understand Mechanotransduction Under Physio/Pathological Conditions

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