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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

Director of Undergraduate Studies for Biomedical Engineering at NC State, Dr. Lianne Cartee, wins Blessis Advising Award
Dr. Lianne Cartee has been honored as a 2014 recipient of NC State’s Blessis Advising Award.  The award was instituted by the College of Engineering to recognize exceptional advisors while honoring the memory of George H. Blessis, whose interest in undergraduate education and advising served as an example of excellence within the College.  Every year, undergraduate students initiate nominations for the award, and the College of Engineering Teaching and Advising Awards Committee selects the winners. Recipients receive a monetary award and a permanent plaque engraved with their name in Page Hall. Please join us in both congratulating Dr. Cartee on this award and thanking her for all of her hard work with BME undergraduate students.
BME Faculty Member Dr. Zhen Gu Honored with Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award

Dr. Zhen Gu, a core faculty member in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is one of two recipients of the Young Faculty Research Award from the NC State Chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society! Sigma Xi is an international society of Scientific Researchers, and the NC State chapter annually presents awards to young faculty who have “demonstrated excellence in their areas of research specialization.” Past awardees from Biomedical Engineering include Dr. Roger Narayan and Dr. Elizabeth Loboa. Congratulations to Dr. Gu on this well-deserved honor for his outstanding research!

Steven Soper’s Research Published in Analytical Chemistry and Featured on the website of the American Chemical Society
Strokes represent the third leading cause of death and disability in the United States, but physicians still lack a simple method to differentiate between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. However, the first few hours post-stroke are a critical period to determine patient treatment; the treatment received during the first three hours post-onset often determines a patient’s long-term prognosis. Alison Baird, of the SUNY Downstate Stroke Center, has located biomarkers in blood that can suggest stroke type. BME's own Dr. Steven Soper, in collaboration with colleagues from Louisiana State University and with Dr. Baird, has developed a polymer microfluidic device to diagnose ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke using blood. The device can process whole blood and isolate genetic material for two stroke biomarkers, all within minutes. This device has the potential to become a much-needed rapid test for stroke, which could assist doctors in determining the best course of treatment directly after a stroke.

Soper’s work was featured in the weekly news on the American Chemical Society’s website. The full article detailing the research is available through Analytical Chemistry.