Master’s in Biomedical Engineering

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Biomedical Engineering Student working in a lab

WPI’s master’s in Biomedical Engineering lets you tailor your studies so you can delve deeply into the groundbreaking research that helps you make advances in healthcare. Working on project-centered studies and collaborative research opportunities, you’ll apply engineering concepts to medicine and biology in ways that challenge and excite you.

With extensive resources to support research, and in a region rich with biomedical industries, you’ll have the chance to partner with renowned faculty, peers, and local companies to solve real-world problems. You’ll graduate with original technical and scientific work so you can move into career paths as varied as law, nursing, and medical school.


Master’s in Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

In small classes, research groups, and collaborative labs, students in the master’s in Biomedical Engineering program have the advantages of combining WPI’s long history in engineering excellence with our commitment to advanced investments in the life sciences.

With our rigorous but flexible curriculum, you’ll be positioned to apply traditional engineering concepts and foundations in constantly evolving fields, such as healthcare. Requirements include course work in biomedical engineering, life sciences, advanced mathematics, multidisciplinary electives, a graduate seminar, and a thesis.

Research projects in our cutting-edge laboratories are diverse—from biomedical sensors and instrumentation to cardiovascular tissue engineering. 

Research for Biomedical Engineering Masters

Exploring biomedical engineering master’s programs that challenge you to delve deep into innovative and groundbreaking research? WPI’s biomedical engineering facilities invite in-depth and innovative research in a close-knit, open lab environment, but in a location at the center of the region’s booming biomedical industry. Explore our diverse biomedical engineering research where faculty challenge students to forge ahead in innovative and collaborative lab environments.

The Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park offers dedicated research labs and teaching facilities that provide the latest equipment and faculty expertise available.

Being on the leading edge of research advances means you’ll think like a scientist, an engineer, an entrepreneur—all with technology in the forefront.

Research laboratories at WPI’s Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park include a 124,600-square-foot space. These labs focus on non-invasive biomedical instrumentation design, signal processing, tissue biomechanics, biomaterials synthesis and characterization, myocardial regeneration, cell and molecular engineering, regenerative biosciences, and tissue engineering.

Classroom knowledge is applied directly to real-world problems as faculty and students work side-by-side in labs, always striving for the next innovation in regenerative medicine, drug discoveries, tissue remodeling, medical imaging, or physiological monitoring.

Successful collaborations with industry partners and significant funding for major research means our faculty and students have the resources to make discoveries that impact areas such as biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics and mechanobiology, and bioinstrumentation and signal processing.


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Faculty Profiles

Kristen Billiar
Professor and Department Head, Biomedical Engineering

Understanding the mechanisms by which mechanical forces regulate the development and healing of connective tissues and the pathogenesis of disease is becoming one of the foremost problems at the intersection of biomechanics and cell biology—it has spawned the field of mechanobiology. In our lab we use precisely engineered, two-dimensional and three-dimensional constructs as model systems to study the effects of external internal (cell-generated) forces on cell behavior, matrix biochemistry, and the biomechanics of soft tissues and biomaterials.

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Jeannine M Coburn
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

The overall objectives of my research are to develop clinically translatable tissue regeneration and drug delivery strategies, and three-dimensional, in vitro human disease models using biologically-derived biomaterials. We will utilize techniques from engineering, chemistry and biology to address these research areas, including chemical modifications to alter drug-material interactions, small molecule and macromolecule conjugates to direct cell fate, and multi-cellular tissue/disease systems for paracrine signaling and direct cell-cell interactions.

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Glenn R. Gaudette
Affiliate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Glenn R. Gaudette, PhD, is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from SUNY – Stony Brook. He has over 75 publications, co-edited a book on Cardiovascular Regeneration, has 4 issued patents and founded a company based on the technology developed in his laboratory. His research, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, aims to develop a treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases.

Songbai Ji
Professor- Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

The biomechanical mechanisms behind traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been an active research focus for more than 70 years. However, the field is still largely focused on impact kinematics or estimated brain responses in generic regions from single head impact to predict a binary brain injury status on a population basis. An important research focus in my lab is to integrate advanced neuroimaging into TBI biomechanics research to understand injuries to functionally important neural pathways. At the same time, we develop techniques to achieve near real-time response feedbacks.

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George D Pins

The overall objective of my research is to create bioengineered scaffolds to enhance the regeneration of damaged tissues and organs. Specifically, my laboratory uses biomimetic design strategies and novel fabrication processes to develop three-dimensional constructs that emulate native tissue architecture and cellular microenvironments. We use these scaffolds to characterize the roles of extracellular matrix (ECM) cues and topographic features in modulating cellular functions, including adhesion, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and tissue remodeling.

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Marsha Whitney Rolle
Professor- Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

In my research laboratory at WPI, teams of graduate and undergraduate students collaborate with researchers at WPI and the University of Massachusetts Medical School to design, fabricate, culture and analyze cell-based engineered vascular tissue.

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Catherine Faye Whittington
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

My research focuses on combining bio-instructive biomaterials with cells to design 3D tissue-engineered platforms for regenerative medicine, disease modeling, improved predictability of therapeutic outcomes, and as translatable technologies for clinic and industry.

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Interested in Earning a Master of Engineering Instead?

If you’re interested in a course-based curriculum with an engineering focus, our master of engineering in biomedical engineering may be a great fit. This biomedical engineering master’s program will give you the engineering expertise needed to push the envelope in the industry. The coursework combines biomedical engineering, mathematics, life sciences, and your choice of electives.

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Just Starting Your Career and Need a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering First?

Whether you’re just starting to browse colleges or are hard set on the exciting biomedical industry, you have come to the right place. Our bachelor’s in biomedical engineering covers a range of engineering disciplines including biology, medicine, and health. If you enjoy concept-to-prototype and working on cutting-edge research projects, this is the path for you. We have several concentrations available as well in areas like mechanobiology, bioinstrumentation and biosignal processing, and more.