Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering program at Brown provides cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, graduate-level education at the interface of engineering, biology and medicine.

The program features an interdisciplinary approach in four complementary research areas:

  • Neuroengineering
  • Biosensors and bioplatforms
  • Mechanobiology 
  • Tissue engineering/regenerative medicine

Research in these areas is advancing the understanding of fundamental problems in biology and medicine, while developing new therapies to improve the quality of life for people with medical problems. The program is distinguished by its strong and collaborative connections between academic science, clinical medicine and industry.

Graduate students take engineering, biology and medical school courses, gain valuable clinical experience at nearby teaching hospitals associated with the Warren Alpert Medical School and engage in stimulating internships at companies commercializing biomedical technologies. These opportunities, coupled with dissertation research, give graduate students both the intellectual and the practical skills required for developing today's emerging science into useful biomedical technology and therapies.

Admission Information

  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required
  • Application deadline: December 31

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

An approved sequence of courses including at least six structured, upper-level courses, with a minimum of two each in biology and engineering and two at the 2000 level; teaching experience, original research, qualifying examination; dissertation.

Center for Biomedical Engineering
Brown University
Box G-B3
171 Meeting Street
Providence, RI 02912
[email protected]

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Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering: Vicki Colvin

Director of Graduate Studies: Kareen Coulombe