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Welcome to BME!

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Established in 2009, the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering reflects a long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering.

Our faculty boast a variety of backgrounds and research interests, but all are dedicated to improving human health through the application of engineering and scientific principles.

Jennifer Barton Named Director of BIO5 Institute After National Search

Jennifer K. Barton, director of the BIO5 Institute, in her lab in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building.

After a national search, professor of biomedical engineering Jennifer Kehlet Barton has been named director of the BIO5 Institute.

Barton, also a professor of electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been on the University of Arizona faculty since 1998. She served as BIO5 assistant director from 2009 to 2012, and became interim director in 2015. Her research expertise is in translational biomedical optics, as well as the prevention and early detection of cancer. Barton has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

"I am thrilled to have Dr. Jennifer Kehlet Barton continuing in the role of director of the BIO5 Institute on a permanent basis," said UA President Robert C. Robbins. "Her success as a biomedical engineer and her commitment to community impact, mentorship and teaching make her an ideal leader for this important center."

Impatience a Virtue for Biomedical Engineering Freshman and Company Founder

Jeremiah Pate inspects fruit flies under a microscope in the Zarnescu lab. (Photo: Emily Walla/UANews)Biomedical engineering student Jeremiah Pate refused to wait until after graduation to found a company, and now he is designing satellites that can explore asteroids and proteins that can battle Parkinson's disease, even before finishing his freshman year.

"Impatience is a virtue," says Pate, a biomedical engineering major and founder of a company called Lunasonde. Pate was told to wait until after earning a bachelor's degree to start a company, and told to wait until graduate school to start research on a potential therapy for Parkinson's disease.

Instead, as a senior in high school in Oro Valley, Arizona, Pate started Lunasonde, which specializes in small, inexpensive satellites. These "picosatellites" can identify deposits of precious metals, natural gas and water beneath the surface of the Earth.

When he isn't working on his schoolwork, Pate researches gene therapy for Parkinson's disease in the lab of molecular and cellular biology and neurology professor Daniela Zarnescu.

Arizona Bioindustry Association to Honor Dr. Marvin Slepian with Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Arizona Bioindustry Association will honor Marvin J. Slepian, MD, of the University of Arizona, with the AZBio Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 AZBio Awards, Oct. 11 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Slepian is a cardiologist, inventor, entrepreneur and educator, serving at the UA as professor of medicine, professor and associate department head of biomedical engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, professor of medical imaging, McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management, and member of the Sarver Heart Center.

Each year, the AZBio Awards ceremony honors Arizona’s leading companies and educators who exemplify the depth, breadth and expertise of the state’s bioscience industry. 

Biomedical Engineering Student Builds Telescopes as Part of Undergrad Team

JeffriesBefore she graduated in May, biomedical engineering student Lindsie Jeffries joined four other undergraduates in a project to create two 24-inch telescopes for the purpose of tracking satellites and space junk. "It was exciting putting the telescope together and confirming that everything fit and worked,” Jeffries said. “I also enjoyed getting to know my teammates. They were all hard workers who cared about the project and pushed me to do my best."

Biomedical Engineering Students Have Sweet Success in Design Course

A new maker course gave students, including 49 biomedical engineering sophomores, a chance to display their design and computer-programming skills by designing, building and testing 36 Skittle-sorting machines. The challenge: accurately sort the highest number of Skittles in the least amount of time.

BME Graduates Honored at 2017 Convocation

With great pride, the faculty and staff of the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering present the BME class of 2017 and celebrate their many accomplishments. If you missed the convocation ceremony, here's your chance to relive the moments with the students staff and faculty: watch the Livestream replay

Also check out the BME Facebook page for photos of the day. 

Congratulations, graduates, and don't forget to keep in touch. We're always interested in news about our alumni for the website and newsletter.

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