Biomedical Engineering

L to R: Associate Professor and Associate Head Liisa Kuhn, Assistant Professor Alix Deymier,and Associate Professor Tannin Schmidt in the newly renovated BME Laboratory space.

Overview

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) within the UConn School of Dental Medicine uniquely spans three schools at UConn: School of Engineering, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine with overarching leadership by Professor Ki Chon, Ph.D. (Department Head) and Associate Professor Liisa Kuhn, Ph.D. (Associate Head). The BME Department as a whole has 33 faculty members between the Storrs and Health Center campuses, with 8 core faculty members within the School of Dental Medicine. The BME Department was created within UConn Health to enhance the Dental School’s portfolio of clinically relevant research with high translational potential, to expand clinician-driven research opportunities through collaborative efforts with BME faculty, and to increase exposure of BME students to the clinical environment.

Academic Programs and Mission

The Biomedical Engineering Department seeks to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to excel in the integration of science, engineering, and medicine to improve the quality of life and to become leaders in biomedical engineering. The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers degree programs leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Ph.D. students under the supervision of biomedical engineering faculty may be enrolled in either the Biomedical Sciences graduate program administered through UConn Health or the Biomedical Engineering graduate program administered through UConn Storrs which also offers M.S. degrees. BME faculty are members of two different Biomedical Sciences areas of concentration: Skeletal Biology and Regeneration and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

 

L to R: Associate Professor and Associate Head Liisa Kuhn, Assistant Professor Alix Deymier, Associate Professor Tannin Schmidt, and Jumana Alhamdi, PhD candidate in the newly renovated BME Laboratory space on September 26, 2017. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo)

Upon entering the Ph.D. or M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering, students are required to select their area of study or “track” in one of the following specialties: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bioinstrumentation, Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Signal Processing and Biosensors, Bioinformatics and Systems Genomics, and Neuroengineering. In addition to mentoring Ph.D. and M.S. students, UConn Health faculty are course instructors for a variety of BME undergraduate and graduate courses and serve as mentors for BME undergraduate design teams and provide summer research opportunities to students from a wide range of programs on both campuses.

Department Faculty Contact Information

Ki Chon
Krenicki Professor of Biomedical Engineering and
Department Chair
kchon@engr.uconn.edu
Biomedical Engineering
Research Group

Alix Deymier
Assistant Professor
deymier@uchc.edu
Biomedical Engineering

Kshitiz Gupta
Assistant Professor
kshitizkz@gmail.com
Biomedical Engineering

Ali Tamayol
Associate Professor
tamayol@uchc.edu
Biomedical Engineering

Liisa Kuhn
Associate Professor
lkuhn@uchc.edu
Biomedical Engineering
Research Group

Tannin A. Schmidt
Associate Professor
tschmidt@uchc.edu
Biomedical Engineering

Changchun Liu
Associate Professor
chaliu@uchc.edu
Biomedical Engineering
Research Group

Caroline Dealy
Associate Professor
dealy@uchc.edu