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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!

To ensure the safety of our applicants, student, faculty and staff, admissions interviews and recruitment events will take place online this year (February 7, 2023)

Application deadline for Fall start 2023 - December 15, 2022

Note: some applicants have experienced technical difficulties uploading international transcripts. If you experience this issue, please contact

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

OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.

This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception prior to the start of the academic program. Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements by the first day of their academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be withdrawn and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities.

Students admitted into non-clinical programs who have received exceptions will be required to complete COVID-19 testing as specified by OHSU and will receive additional direction related to required safety standards and practices. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.

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Get in touch with us:

Karina Nakayama, PhD

Sandra Rugonyi, PhD
Program Director

Alex Breiding
Program Coordinator