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Biomedical Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)

The Biomedical Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs are strongly research-oriented, with emphasis on the student independent research work reflected in a thesis or dissertation. The research areas underlying these programs fall into two broad categories: Regenerative Medicine and Sensing Systems.

Soft Material Robotics (Ph.D.)

The Soft Material Robotics NSF | IGERT Ph.D. program is rooted in biomimetics. To produce new materials, structures, and controls based on discoveries in biology, students will be educated in a depth and breadth of knowledge in a range of fields, including biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. Students must be comfortable working in a highly collaborative manner on high-innovation, high-risk projects.

Visit the Soft Material Robotics NSF | IGERT program to learn more.

Bioengineering (certificate)

The Bioengineering Certificate program is designed to train electrical engineers in the medical uses of diagnostic imaging instrumentation, biotechnology professionals with training in tissue engineering to develop tissue implants, and mechanical engineers who are well-versed in biomaterials to design artificial joints. The certificate program allows students to focus on biomedical instrumentation, biomedical optics, biomaterials/biotechnology and tissue engineering or other related areas of study.

Bioengineering (M.S.)

The Bioengineering Biomaterials track of the Bioengineering Master's program involves the study of the interaction of biomaterials with their environment in the context of biomedical applications. Students will be encouraged to focus their studies on one of several biomedically relevant topics, including tissue engineering, biological delivery, or the interaction of biomaterials with mammalian tissues.


David Kaplan
Department Chair and Stern Family Professor of Engineering
Ph.D. , Syracuse University
Biopolymer Engineering, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Bioengineering
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Alessandra Balduini
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Regulation, environment and pathology of megakarocytes to platelets
Lauren Black
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Boston University
Cardiovascular tissue engineering, dynamic tissue mechanics and visualization, computational modeling, Myocardial Infarction, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Cardiogenesis
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Barbara Brodsky
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Biophysics, Collagen, Protein Structure
Mark Cronin-Golomb
Ph.D. , California Institute of Technology
Optical Instrumentation, Laser Tweezers, Atomic Force Microscopy, Nonlinear Optics, Biomedical Optics, Optical Tweezers, Atomic Force Microscopy
Sergio Fantini
Ph.D. , University of Florence
Biomedical Optics, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Diffuse Optical Imaging
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Irene Georgakoudi
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Spectroscopic Imaging and Characterization, and in vivo Flow Cytometry
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Xiaocheng Jiang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Nanobiotechnology, Microfluidic Biotechnology, Bioelectronics, Biomaterials
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Jean-Michel Molenaar
Professor of the Practice
M.A.T. , Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten, Utrecht
Digital Fabrication, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Fabrication, (Nano-)/(Bio-)Fab
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Zoia Monaco
Research Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Chromosome biology, genome stability, gene expression, human artificial chromosome
Daniela Moralli
Daniela Moralli
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Chromosome biology, cytogenetics, human artificial chromosome
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor; Associate Dean for Research
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
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Angelo Sassaroli
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Electro-Communications
Medical imaging, near infrared spectroscopy, diffuse optical tomography
Igor Sokolov
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. , The Mendeleev Institute of Metrology
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
Brian Timko
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
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Xiaoqin Wang
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Groningen University
Biomaterial-based controlled drug delivery, tissue engineering using natural biomaterials, applications of silk materials
Qiaobing Xu
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Biomaterials, drug delivery, micro/nanofabrication, tissue engineering

Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have a degree at the level of bachelor or master in engineering or basic/applied/health sciences. Requirements include a basic knowledge of biology, math through ordinary differential equations, and some basic engineering courses (for example, fluid mechanics, properties of materials, thermodynamics, circuit theory). Students who do not meet all requirements may be admitted into the program pending the successful completion of courses aimed at the fulfillment of the requirements. Tufts will offer the opportunity for students accepted into the graduate program to attend courses specifically designed to provide appropriate background in areas such as biology, mathematics, circuit theory, chemical engineering, etc.

Application deadlines:
Fall: December 15 (all programs)
Spring: September 15 (M.S.)

GRE General Test scores required.

For more information, visit the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director.
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