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Earn a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at OHSU

The Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program serves as the center of innovation for the School of Medicine. We train future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientific leaders. Are you ready to join?

Karina Nakayama, Ph.D.
Karina Nakayama, PhD

Our 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. We offer PhD training specializing in: biomedical optics, cardiovascular research, computational biology, nanomedicine and nanobiotechnologies and spacial systems biology.

Find out if our graduate program is right for you!

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.

Find out about the BME Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

GRE requirements

The GRE is not a requirement as part of the Biomedical Engineering graduate program admissions application. Find out more about our admissions requirements. 

Application fee waiver

If you are experiencing economic hardship, a waiver for the application fee o is available. Please note that the submission of the fee waiver has no baring on the review process. If you require a waiver, please contact before submitting your application.

Admissions update: COVID-19 response

To ensure the safety of our applicants, students, faculty and staff, admissions interviews and recruitment events will take place online this year. This is subject to change and more information will be made available as we get closer to our recruitment season in February 2021.

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Get in touch with us:

Karina Nakayama, PhD

Sandra Rugonyi, PhD
Program Director

Alex Breiding
Program Coordinator