Upgrade Medical Technology & Improve the Human Condition
Biomedical engineering creates the next generation of medical devices, technologies and methods supporting a healthy life.
At the University of Arizona, biomedical engineering students get a cutting-edge look at new advancements in medicine. They are given the unique experience of being in a highly interdisciplinary department with diverse research opportunities, world-renowned faculty and dynamic focus areas. As a Research 1 Institution, the UA gives undergraduates opportunities to get involved in labs and research positions as early as their first year.
The four focus areas available in the biomedical engineering department are:
Emphasizing how dynamic and static forces interact with the human body and how mechanical engineering principles govern motility and stability of cells and organs.
- Biomaterials/tissue engineering
Concentrating on understanding the materials interface and creation of tissue-mimicking systems.
- Technology and devices
Exploring the biological principles to build sensors for disease detection with micro- and nanoscopic systems.
One of only a few approved premedical majors in the College of Engineering.
The department's interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research is changing the way we practice medicine.
- Developing new imaging methods to visualize diseases using radio waves, light and ultrasound
- Creating custom parts for implantation to restore vision and to repair the cardiovascular system
- Studying the mechanical properties of the eye to maintain normal vision into old age
- Exploring how nerve paralysis might be caused by mechanical stress
- Examining how vascular tissues remodel to maintain proper circulation
- Implanting sensors to analyze walking, predict frailty and warn patients when joints and implants are overloaded
- Pushes the limits of nanomedicine by creating small capsules that deliver drugs to different parts of the body
- Building laboratories smaller than a penny for the detection of bacteria and cancer cells