Biomedical Engineering Courses

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Physiological Systems Analysis

BE 110
2018 Fall
Maurice Smith
Monday, Wednesday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Cellular Engineering

BE 121
2018 Fall
Kevin K. Parker
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

This is a combined introductory graduate/upper-level undergraduate course that focuses on examining modern techniques for manipulating cellular behavior and the application of these techniques to problems in the biomedical and biotechnological arenas. Applications in drug discovery, regenerative medicine, and cellular agriculture will be discussed. Topics will include controlling behavior of cells through cell-matrix interactions, cytoskeletal architecture, and cell behavior in processes such as angiogenesis and wound healing. Lectures will review fundamental concepts in cell biology before delving into topical examples from current literature. Students will work weekly in the lab learning cell culture techniques, soft lithography, microscopy, and classical in vitro assays measuring cell behavior.

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Tissue Engineering

BE 125
2019 Spring
David Mooney
Tuesday, Thursday
01:30pm to 02:45pm

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.

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Introduction to Biomedical Imaging and Systems

BE 128
2019 Spring
Linsey Moyer
Tuesday, Thursday
03:00pm to 04:15pm

The course is designed as an introduction for students who want to gain both hands on training as well as an introduction to the physics and image reconstruction techniques involved in generating images. The course will introduce the fundamentals of the major imaging modalities including, but not limited to: electron microscopy, optical microscopy, x-ray, computed tomography, ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear imaging, as well as an overview of in vivo imaging and molecular imaging. This course also includes a lab section every other week.

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Introduction to Bioelectronics

BE 129
2019 Spring
Jia Liu
Monday, Wednesday
03:00pm to 04:15pm

This course provides an introduction to bioelectronics and its applications in neuroscience, neuroengineering, cardiology, wearable technology and so on. The focus is on the basic principles of bioelectricity, biochemistry and physiological behaviors of biological systems and how to design tools to precisely measure and control them. Key themes throughout the course will include bioelectricity, biochemistry, cellular and tissue physiological behavior, optogenetics, sensors, stimulators, circuits, signals, biointerface and applications. This includes both the practical and theoretical aspects of the topic.

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Neural Control of Movement

BE 130
2019 Spring
Maurice Smith
Tuesday, Thursday
09:00am to 10:15am

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.

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Introduction to Biomaterials

BE 191
2019 Spring
Jennifer Lewis,
Neel Joshi
Tuesday, Thursday
12:00pm to 01:15pm

A biomaterial is any form of matter that is produced by or interacts with biological systems. One of the pillars of biomedical engineering is to use naturally derived and synthetic biomaterials to treat, augment, or replace human tissues. This course examines the structure, properties and processing of biomaterials.

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