Biomedical Engineering Courses

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Supervised Reading and Research

BE 91R
2017 Fall
Daniel Needleman,
Linsey Moyer

Guided reading and research.

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Physiological Systems Analysis

BE 110
2017 Fall
Maurice Smith
Monday, Wednesday
11:30am to 12:59pm

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
2017 Fall
Neel Joshi
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30am to 12:59pm

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. Topics will include expanding the genetic code, genetic circuits, rewiring signaling pathways, controlling behavior through cell-matrix interactions, and directed differentiation of stem cells. Lectures will review fundamental concepts in cell biology before delving into topical examples from current literature. Students will work individually and in teams to determine the boundaries of existing cellular engineering techniques using scientific literature and conduct original research in the laboratory.

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Neural Control of Movement

BE 130
2018 Spring
Maurice Smith
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00am to 11:29am

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
2018 Spring
Jennifer Lewis,
Neel Joshi
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30am to 12:59pm

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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