Current Students

Welcome, students!

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Reaching new heights together!

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. 

BME Grad Student News

  • Congratulations to Caroline King for a successful PhD defense on January 20, 2021 and as an awardee for the 2021 Women in Academic Health and Medicine!
  • Congratulations to John Russo for being selected for the Molecular Sciences Software Institute Seed Software Fellowship! Learn more about MoISSI
  • Anh Ngo successfully defended her PhD dissertation. Congratulations, Anh!
  • Congratulations to Erik Burlingame, Zeynep Sayar and their team for winning 1st place in the Early Disease Detection track of the OHSU-MIT Hacking Medicine Invent-a-thon! Find out more!
  • Caroline King talk about her research on polysubstance use on KATU news
  • Jennifer Eng and Elliot Gray win poster awards at the 2020 NCI Junior Investigator Meeting!
  • New students, Krista Habing and Shanjida Khan, receive ARCS Scholar award. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to John Butler and Geoff Schau for successfully defending their PhD dissertations!
  • Meghan Fallon won an N.L. Tartar Trust Fellowship award in July!
  • Julianne David, Sean Maden, Austin Nguyen and Ben Weeder won the School of Medicine Paper of the Month for June! Find out more!
  • Congratulations to Eran Brown for successfully completing his MS theses in May!
  • Frictionless Data Fellow - Kate Bowie is working  worldwide, making science more accessible and creating tools for easier research reproducibility. 
  • Novella Bates receives OHSU Research Leadership Award
  • Getting Jefferson High School students interested in science - BME students participate in On Track OHSU!
  • BME students John Russo and Tia Kohs participate in MIT COVID-19 Challenge team - Go team COVInsight!
  • BMES Student Chapter sponsors lunch for COVID-19 testing lab. Special thanks to Mary McDonnell for sprearheading the event!
  • Nichole Tyler and John Butler received scholarships to participate in the G.R.E.A.T program in Thailand.

Welcome New Students!

BME welcomes our new students!

  • Ben Liang
  • Alejandro Espinoza
  • Eric Baetscher
  • Max Schreyer
  • Hillary Le
  • Holly Day
  • Haylie Helms
  • Jason Ware
  • Delaney Shea
  • Bipasa Bose
  • Luis Diaz
  • Antonio Montano
  • Tetiana Korzun
  • Chih-Jen Yang

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Student Events

Return to Research

As labs are reopening, our students are beginning to return to campus. Please be aware that physical distancing and facial coverings continue to be required on campus. Find resources and guidelines on the OHSU COVID 19 website. 


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Get in touch with us:

Sandra Rugonyi, PhD

Karina Nakayama, PhD
Program Co-Directors

Alex Breiding
Program Coordinator

Meet our current students

Current students not listed in the profiles below:

Jennifer Eng - Gibbs/Chin Lab
Anjanibhargavi Ragothaman - Balance Disorders Lab
Stephani Reitsma - McCarty Lab
Austin Wright - Nice Lab

BMES Student Chapter OHSU

Founded in 2018, the students of the Biomedical Engineering graduate program formed the first ever BMES Student Chapter at OHSU. The mission of the chapter is to facilitate community and innovation among graduate students in fields related to Biomedical Engineering, and to provide them with opportunities for professional development and mentorship.

Officer Board:
Co-President Nick Calistri
Co-President Kylene Lowrey
Vice President Internal Austin Nguyen
Vice President External Brian Karlberg
Communications Director Tia Kohs
Secretary Meghan Fallon
Treasurer Mary McDonnell

For questions and membership, contact them directly at

The Student Health and Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center is dedicated to providing exceptional and confidential primary care, behavioral health, integrative medicine and wellness services to support the health and well-being of students and postdoctoral scholars during their time at OHSU.  Primary care services at Student Health are also available to OHSU students' adult dependents, including spouses, domestic partners, and children over 18 years old. 

Student Health also manages New Student Pre-Entrance Requirements and Returning Student Requirements

Current students: log into O2 to view the full Student Health website

Pregnancy and Parenting resources

Starting and growing your family can be a very exciting time, but it can also be a very challenging one, especially when you are pursuing studies in a rigorous advanced degree program. By talking with your Program Accommodation Liaison and gaining the approval of your program director, you can make adjustments to your schedule and program requirements to meet your academic and life needs. These adjustments can be made for any student who will be welcoming a new child into their family, including both birth parents (pregnant student) and non-birth parents (such as the father, parent through surrogacy, adoptive parent or foster parent). Please refer to the other sections of this website for information about child care (including financial assistance), lactation and other resources. Find out more about resources available. 

Student Health Insurance Plan

Get detailed information about the student health insurance plan

Campus Safety | Emergency on Campus: 4-4444 | Non-emergency: 503-494-7744

The Department of Public Safety is dedicated to assisting all members of the OHSU community whenever possible. Public Safety maintains a comprehensive communications center (dispatch) staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by professional dispatchers who are trained to triage requests for service, including emergencies and initiate the appropriate response. If they are unable to provide the requested service with our resources, they will make all reasonable attempts to locate someone who can.

OHSU Ombuds

The OHSU Ombuds offers a safe, confidential place to discuss campus-related issues and explore possibilities for informally addressing concerns. The Ombuds will listen and review matters; help identify options; make inquiries and make referrals as appropriate; and/or facilitate resolutions in an impartial manner. Nic Lendino, Ombuds, can be reached at

OHSU Confidential Advocate Program

The OHSU Confidential Advocate Program provides confidential consultation, referral, and support services related to sexual harassment and discrimination. Stephanie McClure, CAP Program Manager, can be reached at

Graduate Student Organization | |

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is composed of graduate students from all Graduate Programs within the OHSU School of Medicine. The GSO provides a forum for students to exchange ideas, address student needs and concerns, keep students informed of issues relevant to graduate student life on campus and foster a sense of community among the students. Typical activities include monthly coffee breaks, happy hour events, travel awards, student awards, and other rotating events. Meetings take place the first Tuesday or Wednesday of each month at 12 pm throughout the entire academic year (lunch is provided!). Check the GSO website for exact meeting dates. The GSO website provides a list of graduate student resources on campus, online, and keeps a calendar of relevant events (at OHSU and in Portland) that might interest you!

Student Access - Accommodations and Disability | | 503-494-0082

OHSU is committed to providing equal access to qualified students with disabilities. Student Access determines and facilitates reasonable accommodations, including academic adjustments and auxiliary aids, for students with documented disabilities. A qualified student with a disability is a person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in a particular program of study. As defined by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), a person with a disability has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of the individual. This may include, but is not limited to, physical conditions, chronic health issues, sensory impairments, mental health conditions, learning disabilities and ADHD. Student Access works with students with disabilities from all of OHSU’s educational programs and at each campus.

It is recommended that you contact Student Access to consult about possible accommodations if you a) received disability accommodations in the past, b) begin experiencing academic difficulties, and/or c) are given a new diagnosis from your healthcare provider.

OHSU Library | | Information Desk: 503-494-3462

Reference services include instruction in the use of information tools, database searching (including PubMed), and individual consultations. Most books and journals older than five years old may be checked out. Document delivery services are available for items that must be obtained from other sources. Computer workstations are available on the second, third and fourth floors of the Library in the BICC, or on the 5th floor of the RLSB in the Graduate Learning Center for database searching, using the library online catalog, sending electronic mail, word processing, Internet access and other applications.

The library operates an information system by which users may access library services, databases, electronic mail and other services from personal computers in their offices or homes. View the entire listing at:

Student Learning Support

The Student Learning Support Specialist, Emily Hillhouse PhD supports students as they adapt their study and personal habits to the demands of being a student at OHSU. Students can set up individual appointments with Dr. Hillhouse to discuss their learning needs by emailing

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

CDI supports and works in collaboration with the academic units, hospitals, and other campus and community resources in promoting an environment that values and nurtures an inclusive environment of diversity through various resources and programs for students, staff and faculty.

Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Services (Mackenzie Hall Room 1182) provides immigration advice and services to international students, employees and visitors.

Financial Planning

Mike Matheny provides individualized, one-on-one appointments to advise students on personal finance. Email Mike to set up an appointment:

Student Center |503-494-8295

The OHSU Student Center is located on Campus Drive near parking structure two and across the street from the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The Student Center is comprised of a meeting/study space, a Media Room with movie and sports events viewing, a pool, workout facilities, and a gym that hosts intramural sports.

All-Hill Council |

The All-Hill Council comprises OHSU's student body government. Each school contributes members to the Council. Graduate students may have up to eight representatives: to find out about being a representative, attend one of the meetings and/or talk to a Council or GSO officer. Student Council meetings are held the second Friday of the month at 12pm and are open to anyone. In addition to facilitating communication about OHSU news and policies to students and acting as a voice of students to administrators, the Council also provides funding for events bringing together students across schools and programs.