ONE-OF-A-KIND: With internationally renowned faculty, state-of-the-art research labs, and unique academic programs and opportunities that stem from our location near federal research and regulatory agencies, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a one-of-a-kind education that opens doors for our students.



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Vesna Zderic, Ph.D., Chair
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The George Washington University offers unique and exciting opportunities for our students allowing them to take advantage of our location in the heart of the Nation’s capital and near numerous federal agencies and research labs involved in biomedical and health-related research. The students also get a chance to get engaged in various cutting-edge research efforts that are happening within the Department and are funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, private foundations, and industry. These research efforts include novel methods to analyze medical images and present additional information to physicians, new technologies to understand electrical conduction abnormalities in the heart to better respond to heart attacks and arrhythmias, new approaches to provide selective delivery of drugs, such as chemotherapy agents, to areas of interest in the body without damaging healthy tissues, and development of next-generation soft, lightweight, and bio-compatible recording and stimulation devices, among many other exciting projects.

The Department offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering (BME) as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in BME. Our students maintain an engaging community that provides numerous opportunities for career, entrepreneurship, and leadership skill development as well as community outreach and involvement within BME professional societies. Our students also participate in study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research experiences. Our department offers small classroom sizes, core faculty committed to teaching, and collaborative and never competitive student atmosphere where students can freely learn from a diverse group of peers and faculty. Further, our department is located right next to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and GW Hospital allowing for a great collaborative and cross-disciplinary teaching and research environment. Our overall welcoming and supportive environment is critical in achieving our goal of successfully training the next generation of biomedical engineers. Our students become well-rounded engineers aware of contemporary issues and challenges both as related to the biomedical field and society as a whole. They go on to make a difference in various important areas including basic research, device development, patent law, regulatory field, and medicine.

Our BME faculty is looking forward to talking with you to discuss your interests and the many exciting opportunities that the BME department offers. Please contact us at [email protected] or at 202-994-3740.



Vesna Zderic, Ph.D
Professor and Chair

Department of Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science
The George Washington University





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