Research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering is propelled by renowned faculty, labs and research centers. With leading research programs in a range of disciplines and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, the department prepares students to tackle significant research challenges and have an impact in the field. Stevens BME faculty are developing medical devices and taking an engineering-based approach to medical research in areas including tissue engineering, imaging, neuroengineering and biomechanics.

Some examples of research in the department are:

  • Using microfluidics to improve the condition of marginal donor lungs
  • Elucidating the mechanical mechanism of ventilation injury of edematous lungs and testing a new surface-tension lowering intervention for the condition
  • Developing customized optical imaging systems for fluorescent detection of lung airway disease and delivery of therapeutics
  • Using optical coherence tomography and elastography in vivo to study disorders of the female reproductive tract
  • Developing deep brain stimulation protocols and technology for treating Parkinson's disease and obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Using visual feedback, control systems theory and biomechanics to improve spinal cord injury patient integration with supportive exoskeletons
  • Using auditory biofeedback to improve movement mechanics of elderly individuals and elite athletes
  • Using kinematics and dynamics analysis to developing brain-machine interfaces for controlling upper-limb prostheses
  • Using tissue engineering to treat defects of the bone, nervous system and lungs
  •  Developing nano-therapies for cancer treatment

Research Areas

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has attained international recognition for its research in mass spectrometry, nanotechnology and in healthcare and medicine. Faculty and students apply their knowledge and skills to solve critical, real-life challenges.