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The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is part of the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU and is a prime resource for biomedical engineering education, training, research, and technology development. BME is an ever-evolving field that uses and applies engineering principles to the study of biology and medicine in order to improve health care.

Located in Miami, Florida, Florida International University, a Top 100 public university that is designated a Carnegie Highest Research (R1) and Carnegie Community Engaged institution is committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with the local and global communities. 

We are preparing a diverse community of biomedical engineers and are engaged in the translation of research to health care applications through discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. The biomedical engineering faculty includes 1 National Academy of Inventor Fellow, 3 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellows, 1 Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1 SPIE Fellow, 1 American Heart Association Fellow, and 2 NAI Senior Member.


U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Number 41 among best graduate biomedical engineering programs


Faculty Highlight

The long-term goal of Dr. Ramella-Roman’s research is on developing new imaging methodologies combining polarization sensitive techniques and non-linear microscopy to investigate anomalous organization of the extracellular matrix in several biological environments. We are utilizing these methodologies to investigate preterm labor a condition that affects 10 to 15 % of all pregnancies with severe consequences to mother and child. Her research focuses on the development of imaging modalities based on spectroscopy and polarization including multimodal applications of nonlinear microscopy.
Associate Professor Jessica Ramella-Roman

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Applied Research Areas

Biomedical Engineering Specializations
The Department of Biomedical Engineering is changing people’s lives through translational research. Research conducted within the department is clustered into three major areas: Research in Tissue Engineering Model Systems, Diagnostic Bio-Imaging, and Sensor Systems, and Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology. These three areas are served by technological advancements in bio-imaging and bio-signal processing, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, bio-nanotechnology, biophotonics, cellular and tissue engineering, computational modeling, devices, and sensors, and neural engineering.

Research in Engineered Tissue Model Systems

Focus on cell and engineered tissue mechanics with application in cardiovascular regenerative medicine.

Diagnostic Bioimaging and Sensor Systems

Developing non-destructive optical and mechanical technologies that can detect disease development and tissue injuries in vivo.

Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology

Focus on biologically inspired technologies to interface with the nervous system to repair and promote recovery of lost function after trauma or disease.

BME Spotlight

Graduate Research Day Spring 2022
Graduate Students Present Their Latest Discoveries and Research
Our Graduate Research Day is a very special event in our academic year where our graduate students get an opportunity to gain valuable professional development experience, network with industry partners, present research, and learn about the work of their peers and advances in research techniques…
Miami Heart Day Symposium at FIU
FIU’s Biomedical Engineering Department Presented Its 4th Annual Miami’s Heart Day Symposium
On Friday, February 18, 2022, as part of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Seminar Series, the Biomedical Engineer Department in collaboration with Florida Heart Research Foundation presented its annual Miami Heart Day Symposium at Florida International University…
Heart Day Symposium Blood Drive
24 Units of Blood Donated During the Annual Heart Day Symposium at FIU
February is a great time of year to schedule a blood drive. Why February? Because it coincides with American Heart Month, recognized nationally by the AHA, CDC, and NHLBI. During the month of February, the Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts an annual event called Miami Heart Day Symposium….
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Biomedical Engineering Seminars

Wallece H. Coulter FoundationThrough the generous support of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering facilitates weekly lectures during each academic term.

Experts in all areas of Biomedical Engineering are invited to provide a research seminar. The lectures are a great place for the community, students, and faculty and staff to meet and network with leading experts in the industry.

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BME Student Showcase Events

Undergraduate Research Day
Undergraduate Research Day
Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Showcase
Senior Design Showcase
Graduate Research Day
Graduate Research Day