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The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is an academic department co-located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State University and was established on December 1, 2003, linking the School of Medicine at UNC-CH to the College of Engineering at NC State. At NC State, we currently offer a BS in Biomedical Engineering. At UNC-CH, we offer the BME concentration in the Applied Sciences undergraduate degree program. On both campuses, we offer joint MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering. The department has administrative offices on both campuses (NCSU: 4130 Engineering Building III; UNC-CH: 152 MacNider Hall).

News & Events

BME Faculty Member Dr. Zhen Gu Honored with Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award

Dr. Zhen Gu, a core faculty member in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is one of two recipients of the Young Faculty Research Award from the NC State Chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society! Sigma Xi is an international society of Scientific Researchers, and the NC State chapter annually presents awards to young faculty who have “demonstrated excellence in their areas of research specialization.” Past awardees from Biomedical Engineering include Dr. Roger Narayan and Dr. Elizabeth Loboa. Congratulations to Dr. Gu on this well-deserved honor for his outstanding research!

Steven Soper’s Research Published in Analytical Chemistry and Featured on the website of the American Chemical Society
Strokes represent the third leading cause of death and disability in the United States, but physicians still lack a simple method to differentiate between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. However, the first few hours post-stroke are a critical period to determine patient treatment; the treatment received during the first three hours post-onset often determines a patient’s long-term prognosis. Alison Baird, of the SUNY Downstate Stroke Center, has located biomarkers in blood that can suggest stroke type. BME's own Dr. Steven Soper, in collaboration with colleagues from Louisiana State University and with Dr. Baird, has developed a polymer microfluidic device to diagnose ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke using blood. The device can process whole blood and isolate genetic material for two stroke biomarkers, all within minutes. This device has the potential to become a much-needed rapid test for stroke, which could assist doctors in determining the best course of treatment directly after a stroke.

Soper’s work was featured in the weekly news on the American Chemical Society’s website. The full article detailing the research is available through Analytical Chemistry.
Join BME in Congratulating Dr. Helen Huang—the New Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center!

Please join us in offering Professor Helen Huang your warmest congratulations on her recent appointment as the director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) at NC State and UNC. The REC, like BME itself, unites the University of North Carolina and NC State University in order to encourage and engender groundbreaking collaborative science between the two institutions.  The Co-Interim Director of the Center, Dr. Rick Wysk, commented that Dr. Huang is the “perfect person for this opportunity.” Louis Martin-Vega, the Dean of NC State's College of Engineering, in addition to offering his congratulations, noted that he “looks forward to her leadership in this very special and unique effort in our College!” With her innovative research in the creation of neural-machine interfacing technologies, Dr. Huang is perfectly positioned and qualified to lead the Rehabilitation Engineering Center as it continues to prosper and grow. Congratulations to Helen on this exciting new step in her career!