Microfluidics and Microfabrication (MS, 500-Level): Fundamentals of modern microfluidic devices with applications to biomedical measurements, e.g., electrophoretic systems, flow cytometers, and immunoassays. Review of fundamental properties of microfluidic systems including the effects of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and electromagnetic phenomena on biological systems. Critical overview of design, manufacture, and operation of micrometer scale systems that use photolithographic and surface treatment techniques for device development.
Master’s in Translational Medicine Bio-Design I, II, and III: This three course sequence is a yearlong group project undertaken to design and construct a biomedical engineering device or system. The first course emphasizes the identification of a need for a biomedical device/system/drug. Students will learn to perform a high-level assessment of the characteristics of the medical area in which a biomedical need should be identified.
The second course is undertaken to design and construct the biomedical engineering device or system. The focus is the development of a conceptual solution to the problem/need identified in part I and prototyping to evaluate innovative conceptual solutions.
The third course will transform the prototype into a product that can be marketed and used at the bedside to treat patients. The content of this course will focus on final product development, testing and clinical validation methods as well as preparation of documents for regulatory submission. Students will learn to develop a translational solution to a biomedical need within the constraints of a real world problem including quality and process management, reimbursement strategy, marketing and stakeholder strategy, sales and distribution strategy, competitive advantage and business strategy, operating plan and financial model, business plan development, funding sources, and licensing and alternate pathways biomedical engineering device or system.
Current Trends in Neural Engineering (MS, PhD Levels): This elective is a research-centered course where gradaute students discuss the current progress in the interdisciplinary field of neural engineering, i.e. a field that encompasses basic and applied research at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Neural engineering topics include experimental, computational, theoretical, clinical, and applied studies where biologists, engineers, and clinicians collaborate to bridge the gap between neuroscience and engineering.