Biomedical Engineering Courses
Faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Offering Instruction in Biomedical Engineering
Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science
Sujata K. Bhatia, Lecturer on Biomedical Engineering
David A. Edwards, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering
Robert D. Howe, Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering, Area Dean for Bioengineering (Director of Undergraduate Studies for Biomedical Engineering)
Donald E. Ingber, Professor of Bioengineering
Neel S. Joshi, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
David J. Mooney, Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
Cherry Murray, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Kevin K. Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics (on leave fall term)
Maurice A. Smith, Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Conor J. Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Primarily for Undergraduates
*Biomedical Engineering 91r. Supervised Reading and Research - (New Course)
Catalog Number: 63962
Sujata K. Bhatia Half course (fall term; repeated spring term). Hours to be arranged.
Guided reading and research.
Note: Normally open to candidates accepted for work on a specific topic by a member of the teaching staff of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Normally may not be taken for more than two terms; may be counted for concentration in Biomedical Engineering if taken for graded credit. Applicants should file a project sheet before study cards are filed. Project sheets may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office, Pierce Hall 110.
For Undergraduates and Graduates
Biomedical Engineering 110 (formerly Engineering Sciences 145). Physiological Systems Analysis
Catalog Number: 8197
Daniel M. Merfeld (Medical School) Half course (fall term). Tu., Th., 1-2:30. EXAM GROUP: 15, 16
A survey of systems theory with applications from bioengineering and physiology. Analysis: differential equations, linear and nonlinear systems, stability, the complementary nature of time and frequency domain methods, feedback, and biological oscillations. Applications: nerve function, muscle dynamics, cardiovascular regulation. Laboratory: neural models, feedback control systems, properties of muscle, cardiovascular function.
Prerequisite:Applied Mathematics 21b or Mathematics 21b or equivalent. Physiology at the level of Engineering Sciences 53 suggested.
*Biomedical Engineering 121 (formerly *Engineering Sciences 122). Cellular Engineering
Catalog Number: 8439
Neel S. Joshi
Half course (fall term). M., W., 10-12, and laboratory to be arranged. EXAM GROUP: 3, 4
Summary of the physical laws governing cellular homeostasis; role of the tissue microenvironment on cell life, death, and differentiation; control of cellular function and genetic programs by adhesion to substrates; signal transduction pathways and cellular metabolic control; mechanochemical and mechanoelectrical signal transduction; cell motility; clinical and industrial applications of engineered cells. The course will contain a laboratory section that will introduce students to basic cell culture techniques, micropatterning of extracellular matrix, and microfluidics. Students are expected to participate in all lecture and laboratory exercises. Assignments will include a presentation on a cellular engineering topic of their choosing, subject to instructor approval, with handouts, homework, and examination questions.
Prerequisite: Organic chemistry, cell biology, physics at the level of 11a.b. Suggested courses include molecular biology.
Biomedical Engineering 125 (formerly Engineering Sciences 130). Tissue Engineering
Catalog Number: 3169
David J. Mooney
Half course (spring term). Tu., Th., 1-2:30, and a weekly lab. EXAM GROUP: 15, 16
Fundamental engineering and biological principles underlying field of tissue engineering, along with examples and strategies to engineer specific tissues for clinical use. Students will prepare a paper in the field of tissue engineering, and participate in a weekly laboratory in which they will learn and use methods to fabricate materials and perform 3-D cell culture.
Prerequisite: Biochemistry or cell biology background.
Biomedical Engineering 130 (formerly Engineering Sciences 149). Neural Control of Movement
Catalog Number: 0440
Maurice A. Smith
Half course (spring term). Tu., Th., 10-11:30. EXAM GROUP: 12, 13
Approaches from robotics, control theory, and neuroscience for understanding biological motor systems. Analytical and computational modeling of muscles, reflex arcs, and neural systems that contribute to motor control in the brain. Focus on understanding how the central nervous system plans and controls voluntary movement of the eyes and limbs. Learning and memory; effects of variability and noise on optimal motor planning and control in biological systems.
Note: Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: Mathematics 21b or Applied Mathematics 21b or equivalent, probability and statistics, Physics 11a or equivalent.
Primarily for Graduates