Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a discipline of growing importance in society and is a vital and growing part not only of the Boston area but also of the whole US territory infrastructure – industry, academics, and hospitals. The Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University reflects these themes and offers comprehensive education and research opportunities to students, faculty and industry interested in pursuit of this topic.

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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.

Biomedical Engineering (certificate)

The booming biomedical industry demands skilled professionals whose expertise can cross traditional boundaries of science and engineering. Companies are seeking electrical engineers who understand 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 Biomedical Engineering Certificate program addresses this need through a highly interdisciplinary course of study that allows students to focus on biomedical instrumentation, biomedical optics, biomaterials/biotechnology and tissue engineering or other related areas of study. Courses are taught by faculty in engineering as well as experienced clinical professionals from Tufts' world-renowned health science schools.

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
Bree B. Aldridge - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Bree B. Aldridge
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
microbiology, systems biology, mathematical modeling, infectious disease, microscopy
Alessandra Balduini - Research Assistant Professor
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
Barbara Brodsky - Research Professor
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
Irene Georgakoudi - Professor
Irene Georgakoudi
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Spectroscopic Imaging and Characterization, In Vivo Flow Cytometry
Chiara Ghezzi
Chiara Ghezzi
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D , McGill University
Dense collagen based tubular tissue models for airway tissue engineering
Steve Jacques - Professor of The Practice
Steve Jacques
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D , University of California at Berkeley
Tissue optics, Laser-tissue interactions
Xiaocheng Jiang - Assistant Professor
Xiaocheng Jiang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Nanobiotechnology, Microfluidic Biotechnology, Bioelectronics, Biomaterials
Chunmei Li - Research Assistant Professor
Chunmei Li
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D , Tufts University
Biomaterials for hard tissue regeneration, biophysical control of macrophage polarization
Jean-Michel Molenaar - Professor of the Practice
Jean-Michel Molenaar
Professor of the Practice
M.A.T. , Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten, Utrecht
Digital Fabrication, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Fabrication, (Nano-)/(Bio-)Fab
Zoia Monaco - Research Professor
Zoia Monaco
Research Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Chromosome biology, genome stability, gene expression, human artificial chromosome
Daniela Moralli - Research Assistant Professor
Daniela Moralli
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Chromosome biology, cytogenetics, human artificial chromosome
Thomas Nieland - Research Associate Professor
Thomas Nieland
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D , VU University of Amsterdam
3-D tissue engineering, Neurodegenerative and psychiatric disease research, Functional genomics, Systems biology and stem cell biology, Therapeutic drug discovery
Fiorenzo Omenetto - Professor and S.O.E Dean of Research
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor and Dean of Research
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
Madeleine Oudin - Assistant Professor
Madeleine Oudin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D , King's College London
Cancer biology, Tumor microenvironment, Mechanisms of metastasis and Drug resistance
Angelo Sassaroli - Research Assistant Professor
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 Brenner - Assistant Professor
Brian Timko
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Nanoelectronics, biosensing, biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery
Qiaobing Xu
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Biomaterials, drug delivery, micro/nanofabrication, tissue engineering
Ph.D. and M.S. Program

Ph.D. and M.S. Program

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 15 (M.S. only)
Fall:December 15 (Ph.D.), January 15 (M.S. only)

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 Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official GRE scores

- GRE not required for current Tufts undergraduates applying to the M.S. degree program

- GRE scores may be waived for part-time students with five years of industry experience who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Visit for complete details. If you believe you are eligible to have the GRE waived based on these requirements, please contact with the subject line “Engineering part-time Master's GRE requirement.

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of Recommendation

Certificate Program

Certificate Program

Application Deadline

Spring: September 15 (international applicants) and December 31 (domestic applicants)
Fall: June 1 (international applicants) and August 1 (domestic applicants)

Application Requirements

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> One Letter of Recommendation

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