Joel Collier will join the faculty in Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in the spring semester of 2016. With a long history of designing self-assembling synthetic peptides and proteins, Collier will bring his foundation in basic science to Duke with the hopes of making an impact in a clinical setting.


Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, salinity or acidity. The discovery provides a new platform for drug delivery systems and an entirely different view of cellular functions.


Duke University celebrated the grand opening of its brand new “maker space” on September 3, 2015. Dubbed “The Foundry” after a competitive naming contest, the newly renovated basement of Gross Hall features 7,600 feet of project space for Duke student teams, faculty, and staff focused on engineering, energy, entrepreneurship, and sustainability to build ideas from the ground up.


Duke Biomedical Engineering is launching a new seminar series focused on entrepreneurship this fall. Featuring three Duke alumni who have gone on to start successful businesses, the lectures will give attendees the opportunity to learn from those who got their start in exactly the same spot.


Four new projects and two renewal projects will receive nearly $800,000 for research through the 2015 Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership<

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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