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The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is an academic department co-located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State University and was established on December 1, 2003, linking the School of Medicine at UNC-CH to the College of Engineering at NC State. At NC State, we currently offer a BS in Biomedical Engineering. At UNC-CH, we offer the BME concentration in the Applied Sciences undergraduate degree program. On both campuses, we offer joint MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering. The department has administrative offices on both campuses (NCSU: 4130 Engineering Building III; UNC-CH: 152 MacNider Hall).

News & Events

Marian McCord Selected as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Resources
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Marian McCord on her recent appointment as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Resources! Dr. McCord not only holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science in the College of Textiles, but also she is the Director of the Global Health Initiative in the Office of International Affairs. Over the past twenty years, she has built an impressive portfolio that unites disciplines to improve human health and wellness through novel textiles that prevent and treat disease.


Dr. McCord was selected as Associate Dean due to her creativity, her energy, and her genuine appreciation of the power of collaboration. These qualities, coupled with an outstanding record of coordinating and leading interdisciplinary teams of scientists, will help her increase both the impact and number of research collaborations stemming from the College of Natural Resources. Her commitment to team science and to public health will serve her well within NC State’s College of Natural Resources.
 
Zhen Gu Published in Angewandte Chemie, Featured on UNC Healthcare News
A paper from Dr. Zhen Gu’s lab, authored by Dr. Ran Mo, was recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. The paper, “Enhanced Anticancer Efficiancy by ATP-Mediated Liposomal Drug Delivery,” is one of the latest publications showcasing the group's work to develop a targeted drug delivery system to treat cancer.  The system involves smuggling an anti-cancer drug inside cancer cells using ATP before triggering its release inside the cell, thus increasing the efficacy of the drug and localizing treatment of the cancer. To deliver the drug, the researchers are using lipid-based nanocapsules that are already being used in other clinical applications, putting them closer to the clinic and real-world use. Dr. Gu notes that the work is in the same vein as earlier anti-cancer drug-delivery work his lab has undertaken, but it contains a key difference: the liposome-based technique allows the researchers to introduce additional ATP into the cancer cell, releasing the drug more rapidly. In a mouse model, the new technique has been shown to significantly decrease the size of breast cancer tumors compared to a treatment that uses the same drug without nanoscale liposomes.
To read more about how this exciting technique works, take a look at the feature by Matt Shipman on the Newsroom for UNC Health Care, or read the entire paper in Angewandte Chemie.
 
Eric Whitmire Wins College of Engineering Scholarship Achievement Award
Congratulations to Eric Whitmire, one of Biomedical Engineering’s Class of 2014 undergraduates, who has been honored with an Engineering Scholarship Achievement Award by the College of Engineering at NC State. As a double major in Computer Science, Eric hopes to attend graduate school to study ubiquitous computing to find new ways to blend technology with every-day life. He’s also interested in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and brain-computer interfaces. Whitmire was a Park Scholar at NC State, received a Barry Goldwater Fellowship in 2013, and also won a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship.