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Ravi Bellamkonda will become the new Vinik Dean of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 1, 2016.  Currently chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Bellamkonda was appointed in January after an international search, and cited by Duke’s President Richard Brodhead for his “outstanding personal...

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Jennifer West, the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering at Duke University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)—one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers. Also among the 80 new members announced by the NAE today are Kristina Johnson, former dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, and William A. Hawkins III, a Duke engineering alumnus,...

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Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why. Their new study points to a biomarker in the cellular machinery that could not only serve as an early warning of colon cancer, but potentially be harnessed to counteract advanced forms of the disease, the second-largest cause of cancer death in the...

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Ravi Bellamkonda, a renowned biomedical engineer who has led one of the top-ranked departments in the country, will be the new Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Tuesday.

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Researchers have created a computer program that will open a challenging field in synthetic biology to the entire world. In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent on technology that can quickly and inexpensively read and write DNA to synthesize and manipulate polypeptides and proteins.

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