WPI’s Biomedical Engineering Department never stops on its search to uncover the next advance in therapies, devices, and products to help people live longer, healthier lives. Our department is leading diverse, cutting-edge research and product and thought innovation to develop new breakthroughs in this rapidly changing field.

We work on advances as diverse as wound-healing sutures, blood vessel engineering, vital sign monitoring for firefighters, and braces for joint stabilization. We seek to understand how physicians and patients will use devices, making these devices more user friendly and useful.

Our students and faculty collaborate on ambitious research projects to push the boundaries at the intersection of engineering, biology, and medicine, often making groundbreaking discoveries and industry-changing developments to move the field forward.

At WPI’s Bioengineering Institute, we identify emerging technologies and help launch them through development and commercialization. Students work on teams here to help advance new developments and connect theory and practice of the university.

WPI Team Grows Heart Tissue on Spinach Leaves

“We have a lot more work to do, but so far this is very promising. Adapting abundant plants that farmers have been cultivating for thousands of years for use in tissue engineering could solve a host of problems limiting the field.” —Glenn Gaudette, PhD, WPI Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Spinach leaves can carry blood to grow human tissues

Research Awards

Glenn Gaudette, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a $2M award from The Kern Family Foundation to help WPI infuse its pioneering project-based curriculum with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Career Outlook

The biomedical engineering field is growing rapidly and includes careers in everything from academia and industry to laboratory research.

Meet Our Students

Allison Paquin
Allison P.
Junior, BS in Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering

A junior biomedical and mechanical engineering double major feels prepared for life in industry thanks to WPI’s collaborative learning environment.

Keith Guay
Keith G.
Senior, BS in Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering

A BME/ME double major receives invaluable faculty mentorship through hands-on projects, lab experience, and more.

Dalia Shendi
Dalia S.
PhD, Biomedical Engineering

A BME PhD student and an IGERT Fellow relies on project-based learning and strong female role models to help chart her path to career success.

Joshua G
Joshua G.
PhD, Biomedical Engineering

A PhD student continues his biomedical research at WPI utilizing something he’d never expected: spinach.