A welcome message from the department chair

Photo of 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.

The BME Department consists of 30 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. Our faculty maintains a strong funding portfolio from both government (NHLBI, NIGMS, and NCI of the NIH), foundation (American Heart Association) and industrial sources. Our faculty serve as members on national review panels for the NIH, American Heart Association, and the National Blood Foundation, as well as multiple local and institutional review panels. Our faculty have been recognized for their scientific achievements and service, as evidenced by being appointed to the Institute of Medicine the National Academy of Sciences, and elected as Fellows of the American Heart Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Our Department is home to over 40 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. The BME curriculum is designed to provide both breadth and depth in human (patho)physiology and the use and development of measurement science approaches to address unmet clinical needs. Didactic training includes training in biochemistry and cell biology, biomedical optics, fluid dynamics and signal processing. The curriculum is tailored for each student based upon their background, research direction and career goals. The major emphasis of the training program is centered around the use of this knowledge base to develop an experimental approach to test a hypothesis, analyze and present data in both written and oral form, communicate within a team of interdisciplinary learners, and develop an understanding of the translation of basic science discoveries towards clinical utility. Finally, students are mentored in opportunities to develop coursework for didactic teaching and serve as a mentor for undergraduate and high school student interns. Students have the opportunity to develop workshops and tours for local high school and college students through strategic partnerships with Saturday Academy and the OHSU Summer Equity and CURE Programs.

Owen McCarty, PhD FAHA
Professor and Chair

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that encourages diverse applicants to consider this opportunity. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity department at 503 494-5148.