Researchers have devised a way to watch the details of your neurons at work. Every second of every day, the 100 billion neurons in your brain are capable of firing off a burst of electricity called an action potential up to 100 times per second. For neurologists trying to study how this overwhelming amount of activity across an entire brain translates into specific thoughts and behaviors, the...


Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID) is a student organization that sends student-led groups to locations around the globe to assess and implement engineering projects that spur development. After working with communities to identify their needs, the teams collaborate with professors and professional mentors during the school year to design solutions that are implemented in the...


Entrepreneurs who are passionate about Duke University now have a new vehicle that allows them to support the university by leveraging their start-ups. The new DukeOne program enables entrepreneurs to pledge 1 percent of their company to Duke, deferring their gift until they have sold their company, or until it goes public, usually within five years.


This past spring, Apple released a new open source software framework known as ResearchKit, which allowed for the creation of new apps geared toward medical research. Duke immediately planned to get involved.


For people with incurable chronic pain, a small device that periodically stimulates the spinal cord with a small electric pulse can bring much needed relief. But the implantable devices don’t work for everyone. And when they do work, only about 60 percent of patients experience a halving of pain -- a success rate that hasn’t budged in 40 years despite technological advances.

Welcome to Duke BME

Consistently ranked as one of the top biomedical engineering programs in the nation, Duke BME combines a hands-on educational experience and an interdisciplinary research environment that prepares graduates to be leaders in integrating engineering and biology to detect and treat human diseases.

A unique aspect of the program is the integration of research and education. Over two-thirds of the undergraduates are involved in independent study research. The doctoral program offers students early immersion into research. Due to the proximity of the Medical School and Health System, collaborative projects provide opportunities for students to do research with Medical School faculty. BME faculty are actively involved in various Centers and Institutes throughout the University, providing a very rich research and educational environment. The Coulter Translational Research Fund provides support for promising research that has the potential to address an unmet clinical need.  

Current departmental research activities include biomechanics of cells and hard and soft tissues; injury biomechanics; biomolecular and tissue engineering; electrical activity of the heart; neural engineering; biomedical optics, biophotonics and ultrasound imaging systems

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