Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering Training Grant

The Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering training program is dedicated to training predoctoral students in both biological and engineering disciplines focusing on cardiovascular health to meet the demands of a growing biomedical engineering field.

This program takes advantage of the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty's, and the Arizona industrial community's, strong expertise in bioengineering and cardiovascular biology. Areas of expertise include biomechanics, biomaterials, optics, molecular genetics, vascular physiology, imaging, tissue engineering, genetic engineering and biocomputing.

Training and Research

The training faculty is made up of independent researchers with a shared commitment to graduate and post-graduate training. The training faculty has a strong record of support and is actively involved in collaborative research activities. The program fosters translational research projects for trainees through the inclusion of clinical faculty, and participation in the Industrial Internship Program available through the biomedical engineering graduate program.

Training within this program involves laboratory and didactic experience. Research in the program is focused in three general areas: implants, tissue engineering and imaging as related to the cardiovascular system. Within these broad areas, topics being investigated in participating laboratories are engineered blood vessels, microvascular engineering, vascular modeling, vascular imaging by laser, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging of vascular perfusion, cardiovascular instrumentation, and intracellular imaging.


A bi-weekly Cardiovascular Journal Club meets to discuss a selected publication about cardiovascular research. Trainees have the opportunity to take internships with area industrial partners to gain exposure to the industrial sector. In addition, two visiting scientists with recognized expertise in the area of cardiovascular engineering are invited per academic year to speak to the program.

Students are nominated via their BME IDP mentor, and must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Doing cardiovascular research
  • A BME major or minor; maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Beginning at least their second year of a PhD
  • Willing to take BME seminar and forum
  • Committed to participating in CV Journal Club meetings
  • Able to visit with guest cardiovascular faculty
  • Committed to taking an ethics class, if one has not already been completed while in graduate school

Participating Faculty

Ann Baldwin
Jennifer Barton
Scott Berman
Scott Klewer
Doug Larson
Ron Lynch
Paul McDonagh
Tim Secomb
Dan Stamer
Ted Trouard
Evan Unger
Urs Utzinger
Ron Allen
Henk Granzier
Pak Kin Wong
Jeong-Yeol Yoon


Supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020