BME Diversity Statement

Our goal is to create a supportive environment in BME for historically underrepresented groups not limited to but including: ethnic and racial minorities, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. We also value differences in knowledge and backgrounds including skill-set, education, age, experience, and perspectives. We are committed to encouraging and fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion through continuously improving our recruitment, retention, climate, and community partnerships.


Headshot of Owen McCarty
Chair: Owen McCarty, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University. The department's research and teaching are focused on solving unmet clinical needs in the areas of cardiovascular and infectious diseases, rehabilitation medicine, and cancer.

BME consists of 35 primary faculty as well as joint and affiliate faculty from the Advanced Research Imaging Center, the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine (OCSSB), Casey Eye Institute, the Oregon Hearing Institute, and the Knight Cardiovascular and Cancer Centers. Read full welcome message.

BME News

  • Dr. Nakayama was one of four selected recipients out of 14 for the Collins Medical Trust award. Research will focus on ‘Regenerative Skeletal Muscle Engineering using Patterned Scaffolds to Promote Healing of Adjacent Bone.’
  • Congrats to BME student Tony Zheng for receiving an F30 Individual National Research Service Fellowship
  • Dr. Jacobs was awarded an NIH R01 award. Research will focus on ‘Enabling Fully Automated Closed Loop Control in Type 1 Diabetes Through an Artificial Intelligence Meal Detection Algorithm and Pramlintide.’
  • Dr. McCarty has received the inaugural Douglas Strain Professorship
  • Dr. Zuckerman was awarded an NIH R01 award in coordination with OSU & U of O. Research will focus on 'Multiscale Characterization of a Unique Class of Duplex, Multivariant Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDP) Systems.'
  • Congratulations to Kenton Gregory for leading a new project supported by BARDA
  • BME student Nathan McMahon receieves OSA Student Paper Award
  • Congratulations to Novella Bates and Stephanie Reitsma on their American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship award.
  • Dr. Rugonyi was awarded a new 3-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award. Research will focus on ‘Deciphering the Synergistic Interaction between Hemodynamics and Genetics that Form the Heart.’
  • Dr. Gruber was awarded a 4-year NIH R01 subcontract in coordination with Dr. Rafal Pawlinski at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC CH). Research will focus on ‘Mechanism of sickle cell disease-specific venous thromboembolism.’
  • Caroline King, BME graduate student, is the winner of this year's Resko Award for Outstanding Dissertation.
  • Congratulations to BME student Nichole Tyler for winning the 2021 award for Outstanding Journal Article by a Graduate Student
  • BME student Tony Zheng and team receive Paper of the Month
  • Pandemic ratchets up pressure on people with substance use disorder
  • Dr. Clara Mosquera-Lopez awarded MRF New Investigator grant
  • Congrats to BME student Gavin Young for receiving an F30 Individual National Research Service Fellowship
  • Industry research sponsorship aims to expand education into translational research in diabetes
  • Drs. Chang and Gibbs receive collaborative multi-PI National Institute of Cancer grant
  • Jessica Riesterer named PNMS President and Erin Stempinski named PNMS Secretary
  • Dr. Mitalipov and team find no adverse health effects of mitochondrial replacement therapy in monkeys
  • Dr. Nakayama’s paper in Biomaterials Science selected as SOM’s Paper of the Month
  • Jeremy Goecks, open science leader at OHSU, funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and NCI
  • Congratulations to BME student John Russo for being selected for the Molecular Sciences Software Institute Seed Software Fellowship! Learn more about MoISSI
  • BME students Erik Burlingame and Zeynep Sayar and team (Democratizing Digital Pathology) win 1st place in the Early Disease Detection track of the OHSU-MIT Hacking Medicine Invent-a-thon
  • Register for the 2020 OR Bioengineering Symposium
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases R01 Awarded to BME Chair, Owen McCarty

Graduate Program

Sandra Rugonyi, Ph.D. & Karina Nakayama, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Directors: Sandra Rugonyi, Ph.D. & Karina Nakayama, Ph.D.

The Biomedical Engineering graduate program serves as the center of innovation for the OHSU School of Medicine. Our mission is to train students to become innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientific leaders by graduate training in the development and use of measurement and data science platforms and novel devices to understand the (patho)physiology of human health and disease in order to develop therapeutic approaches and diagnostics to solve unmet clinical needs. Learn more.