- Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program | Biomedical Engineering

In biomedical engineering at UVA, engineering rigor and invention are our core principles, but we start with a focus on biology. Whether we are modeling or engineering cells and tissues, analyzing large datasets, developing new imaging technologies, or synthesizing novel biomaterials, the problem statement always starts with the biology underlying the system, therapy, or disease process. Our culture values and rewards collaboration, initiative, and the translation of basic advances to achieve clinical and real world impact. In all that we do, we value and strive for diversity and inclusion.

BIMS students can elect to train with a BME faculty member who is approved to mentor students in one of the BIMS degree-granting programs in the School of Medicine (see list below).

For students who would prefer to earn PhD in Biomedical Engineering, applications for this program should be made through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Program Faculty

  • Talissa A. Altes
    Pediatric radiology; Lung imaging
  • Brian H. Annex
    Angiogenesis; peripheral arterial disease (PAD); gene therapy
  • Thomas H. Barker
    My lab is primarily focused on both understanding and manipulating cell-ECM mechanotransduction pathways in homeostasis and disease. Our primary interest is in understanding how cells’ changing microenvironment direct their phenotype and initiate patholo
  • Stefan Bekiranov
    Physical Modeling of Microarray Hybridization; Analysis of Genomic Tiling Array Data; Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; Regulatory Networks
  • Brett R. Blackman
    Endothelial Cell Signaling, Mechanotransduction 2. Vascular remodeling and cardiovascular disease 3. Mechanobiology – Cellular transduction pathways sensitive to the biomechanical environment
  • Travis N. Blalock
    Mixed-Signal CMOS VLSI Design; Analog CMOS Signal Processing Design; Silicon Backplane Microdisplays
  • James R. Brookeman
    Magnetic Resonance Investigations mainly Hyperpolarized Gas and 3D Brain Imaging
  • Steven Caliari
    Engineering dynamic biomaterials to explore the interplay between cells and their microenvironment
  • George Christ
    Functional Genomics
  • Mete Civelek
    Systems Genetics Approaches to Understand Cardiometabolic Traits
  • Barry G. Condron
    Regulation and Function Serotonergic Neurons During Development
  • Jeff R. Crandall
    Automobile Safety
  • Christopher Deppmann
    Elucidating and Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Nervous System Development
  • Robin A. Felder
    Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology. Medical Automation Research. Neurotransmitters, cell surface receptors and intracellular second messengers.
  • Erik J. Fernandez
  • Brent A. French
    Novel Therapies for Treating and Preventing Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Gregory A. Helm
    Gene Therapy Techniques for the Treatment of Neurosurgical Disorders
  • Jeffrey W. Holmes
    Healing after myocardial infarction, cardiac growth and remodeling, and image-based modeling and diagnosis.
  • Song Hu
    Photoacoustic imaging, light microscopy, neuroscience, microvascular biology
  • Kevin A. Janes
    Systems-biology approaches to cancer biology and virology.
  • Peter M. Kasson
    Mechanisms of cell entry by influenza; Viral glycan recognition; drug resistance; molecular dynamics simulation; distributed computing.
  • Kimberly Kelly
    Advancement in the design of imaging agents; molecular imaging and radiological sciences.
  • Mark Kester
    Nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery
  • Yong I. Kim
    Ion Channel Dysfunction in Neurological Disorders
  • Alexander L. Klibanov
    Targeted delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic imaging agents.
  • Bijoy Kundu
    Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of Remodeling of Myocardial Glucose Metabolism in Pressure Overload Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Cato T. Laurencin
    Biomaterials, Polymer Synthesis, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, Nanotechnology
  • Gordon W. Laurie
    Role of Prosecretory Mitogen ‘Lacritin’ in Epithelial Homeostasis, Secretion and Innate Defense
  • Michael B. Lawrence
    Vascular and Molecular Engineering
  • Craig H. Meyer
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Wladek Minor
    Structure-Function Relationships in Proteins; Structural Genomics; Bioinformatics
  • Joseph Randall Moorman
    Mathematical Analysis of Cardiac Rhythms
  • John P. Mugler
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Rapid and 3 D Techniques; Hyperpolarized Gases
  • Jennifer Munson
    Engineering cell culture models to study the tumor microenvironment in the brain. Development of non-invasive in vivo imaging and drug delivery systems for cancers. Screening of compounds against cancer in engineered 3D cell culture models. Particular e
  • Jason Papin
    Systems biology, infectious disease, cancer, toxicology, metabolic engineering
  • Manoj Patel
    Modulation of sodium channel gating by beta subunits and novel sodium channel blockers; Synaptic transmission in dorsal horn neurons
  • Shayn M. Peirce-Cottler
    Tissue Engineering and Regeneration, Computational Systems Biology, Vascular Growth and Remodeling, Stem Cell Therapies
  • Dennis R. Proffitt
    Human Perception & Cognition
  • Michael L. Reed
    Biomedical Applications of Microsystems and Nanotechnology
  • Jeffrey J. Saucerman
    Roles of complex signaling networks involved in the regulation of cardiovascular function and disease
  • Nathan Sheffield
    computational biology & bioinformatics; high performance computing; epigenomics & chromatin; pediatric cancer; computational regulatory genomics; machine learning
  • William F. Walker
    Medical Ultrasound
  • Zequan I. Yang
    Role of Inflammatory Mediators During the Genesis of Ischemia/ Reperfusion Injury
  • Paul A. Yates
    Development and regulation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and blood vessels as they relate to retinal diseases.
  • Eli Zunder
    Stem Cell Behavior