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Systems Biology and Biomedical Engineering

By creating a Department of Biomedical Engineering—one that builds on the strengths of physical sciences and engineering, Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medical College—the Engineering College is focusing its efforts on systems biology and applications to human health. The vision for biomedical engineering is to develop a quantitative understanding of the human body across length and time scales. The ability to link quantitatively genomic and molecular level insights to whole organism physiology systems is key to engineering designs for improved therapeutic strategies for drug delivery, diagnosis of disease, and design of effective medical devices. Several unique capabilities support this effort, including Cornell’s strengths in micro- and nanofabricated systems and cellular and molecular imaging.

Research Topics

Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical Engineering

Engineering new materials (Putnam)

Biomaterials

Biomaterials

A false-colored SEM image of a juvenille cat's tooth enamel, photo by Ellen Keene (Estroff)

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Two-photon microscopy (Olbricht)

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation

Pioneering the development of imaging technologies and instruments, from simple Point-of-Care devices to sophisticated new microscopes that detect and uncover mechanisms of disease.

Biomedical Mechanics

Biomedical Mechanics

Members of the Biomedical Mechanics Area use expertise in mechanics to understand the function of biological tissues, organs, and systems.

Biophysics

Biophysics

Visualization of transcription activation

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Microdevices for neuron culture (Kirby)

Computer aided diagnosis

Computer aided diagnosis

Emphysema quantification (Reeves)

Drug Delivery & Nanomedicine

Drug Delivery & Nanomedicine

Designing systems that effectively control the delivery of medicines, to investigate the effects of medicines on cells and tissues, and to evaluate their preclinical and clinical efficacy.

Image analysis

Image analysis

Metrics for lesion size estimation (Reeves)

Mechanics of Biological Materials

Mechanics of Biological Materials

Biomechanics of musculoskeletal soft tissues (Gao)

Microfluidics

Microfluidics

Microfluidic biomaterials (Stroock)

Molecular & Cellular Engineering

Molecular & Cellular Engineering

Combining engineering with cell and molecular biology approaches to unravel disease mechanisms and identify novel therapeutic approaches.

Molecular biotechnology

Molecular biotechnology

Internal reflection microscopy (Daniel)

Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials

Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials

Developing strategies for the recreation of tissues and the modeling of systems for research or drug testing.