Biomedical Engineering

Unlocking the secrets of how the brain works. Engineering human tissue. Using ultrasound to treat disease. Developing strategies to mitigate and repair post-traumatic injury.  In the Department of Biomedical Engineering, we make significant contributions in science and medicine that include new medical devices,  biomaterials, clinical methods, and insight into how living organisms function. 

Contact the Department

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Columbia University
1210 Amsterdam Avenue
351 Engineering Terrace, Mail Code 8904
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-4460
Fax: 212-854-8725

Department Overview

By working at the intersection of engineering, biology, and medicine, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University offers students a unique opportunity to solve problems and better understand living systems and their behavior. From this knowledge comes the development of biomedical systems and devices that improve the health of humanity.


In addition to undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). These programs are flexible, with a choice from among many concentrations, and with a sufficient number of elective courses to allow each student to concentrate in his or her area of interest. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the department.


The department has been a leader in translational research and the creation and integration of new knowledge across a broad range of areas. Our distinguished contributions in biomechanics, cell and tissue engineering, neuroengineering, and biomedical imaging include:

  • Programming bacteria to fight cancer
  • Growth of fully functional human cartilage from human stem cells 
  • Innovative ultrasound technology for imaging and therapeutics
  • Developing a low-cost device to detect HIV and syphilis

For a full list of recent research, please visit the department research page.


Our faculty are known for both their contributions to science and their shared passion for teaching and inspiring students to explore new ways to treat disease and keep people healthy. For a full list of faculty members, please visit the department faculty page.