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.


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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. Zuckerman has been awarded a 4 year renewal by the NSF (National Science Foundation).  Research will focus on ‘Quantitative Exploration of Molecular Machine Mechanisms.’
  • 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
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases R01 Awarded to BME Chair, Owen McCarty

BME News Archive

July 2019

See Onward magazine's recent profile of Kimberly Beatty, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Heiser has been appointed Vice Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering! Dr. Heiser succeeds Dr. Joe Gray, Gordon Moore Endowed Chair and Director of the OCSSB. Thank you, Dr. Gray, for your four years of service as vice chair. Congratulations, Dr. Heiser!

BME graduate students Geoffrey Schau and Erik Burlingame competed in the InventOR Collegiate Challenge and won the $2,500 Impact Award for developing a new, less expensive way to detect cancer using artificial intelligence. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Omkar Thaware, the inaugural recipient of Biomedical Engineering’s first Clinical Co-Mentorship Fellowship award. The award supports graduate student training and facilitates collaboration with physician-scientists to perform impactful translational research.

June 2019

Congratulations to Summer Gibbs, Ph.D., awarded a new grant from Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, June 25, 2019 for BIP Drug Discovery: Near Infrared (NIR) Nerve-Specific Probes Enable Improved Surgical Outcomes.

Congratulations to Hong Ma, M.D., Ph.D., awarded the Basic Science Award for best poster presentation for her work entitled, Pathogenic mtDNA mutations are abundant in oocytes but eliminated during fetal development, at the 35th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

May 2019

Rohan Ahluwalia, Westview High School junior and AIMS Lab intern mentored by Peter Jacobs, Ph.D., won second place in biomedical engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for his project, A Novel Optical Diagnostic Method for Non-Invasive Detection of Blood Glucose Using Reverse Iontophoresis Modulation and Personalized Neural Networks. Preceding this, Rohan's project won the local and regional science fairs. Congratulations Rohan!

Joe Gray, Ph.D., testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, at the invitation of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, about the importance of international collaboration in scientific research. See OHSU Now article

Rebecca Williams has joined the BME support team as our new human resources coordinator.  Welcome, Rebecca! 

Erica Hankins Regalo has joined the BME support team as our new graduate program coordinator.  Welcome, Erica!

Congratulations to Erik Burlingame and Geoffrey Schau from the Chang Lab for moving on to the final round in the InventOR Collegiate Challenge! They’re one of 22 teams to move onto the finals with their product SHIFT, an artificial intelligence-powered technology for detecting cancer. Finals will be held June 28th at Portland State University. Good luck!

Congratulations to Owen McCarty, Ph.D., on a new grant, with Dr. Dr. Jonathan Lindner. The NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute award is for Molecular Imaging of Platelets and Oxidative Stress in Atherosclerosis.

Congratulations to Wassana Yantasee, Ph.D., on her new grant awarded from OHSU Center for Women’s Health Circle of Giving for Development of new cancer vaccines for triple negative breast cancer.

Congratulations to Owen McCarty, Ph.D., on his grant award renewal. NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, awarded an R01 for Characterization of Coagulation of Factor-platelet Interactions:  Role of FXI.

The OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association is now accepting applications for the 2019 Postdoctoral Paper of the Year Award. To apply, email Find more info and flyer on the Alumni Association's awards page, Recognize Excellence.

April 2019
Congratulations to Peter Jacobs, PH.D., for his grant award from Jaeb Center for Health Research, for Exercise in Diabetes Initiative: The Effect of Exercise on Glycemic Control in Type 1 Diabetes (Main Study).

Congratulations to Dr. Jenya Zilberman-Rudenko for receiving the 2019 Resko Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.

OHSU Research News: Dr. John Muschler awarded travel funds to showcase innovation in bladder cancer.

Chemical & Engineering News highlighted BME Drs. Summer Gibbs and Lei Wang with their creation of new-infrared fluorophores. Congratulations, Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Wang!

January 2019
Daniel Zuckerman, Ph.D., co-founds the open source, online only, Living Journal of Computational Molecular Science.
See coverage in the press.

Hem-onc fellow lauded for effort to protect cancer patients from PICC thrombosis.

Oregon Translational Chemical Biology Symposium to be held in KCRB on October 30th.

OHSU startup receives FDA Fast Track designation for new blood clot treatment.

New BME Publication - Patrick Jurney has paper published in Macromolecular Bioscience.

Kimberly Beatty on the list of first recipients of new UO-OHSU seed funding.

BME Spring Seminar - June 8 - Casey Greene, Ph.D.

Matt Hagen awarded Canadian Biomaterials Society Travel Award, his abstract entitled Growth restrictive micropatterning enhances potential endothelial colony forming cell performance on cardiovascular biomaterials by lowering immunogenicity.

OHSU BME Faculty receive AHA Institutional Undergrad Student Fellowship Award.

OHSU Innovators Recognized at TTBD.

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.