Faculty and researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are involved in a wide range of research projects and topics. Research spans many fields, including basic science bioengineering, theoretical modeling of systems and clinical and translational science. The common theme in our research is the focus on medicine and healthcare. Students have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects between research groups, and many labs have close ties with clinical researchers at OHSU and elsewhere.

    Biomedical optics

    Biomedical optics research is focused on the development of uses for lasers and light in medicine and biology.

    • Spectral camera imaging
    • Optical fiber spectroscopy
    • Vibration measurements using interferometry
    • Confocal reflectance/fluorescence microscopy
    • Optical wire lumpectomy
    • Propagation of partially coherent fields

      Cardiovascular research

      Cardiovascular engineering research applies engineering principles and technologies to conduct of basic cardiovascular research and to pursue new methodologies and devices for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and remediation of cardiovascular problems.

      • Thrombosis and hemostasis
      • Cardiac development
      • Vascular biology and vascular tissue engineering
      • Biological shape spaces

      Computational biology

      Computational biology within the Biomedical Engineering department covers the fields of informatics, systems analysis and modeling. With expertise in machine learning, statistics, computer science and physical sciences, faculty conduct cutting-edge research on a range of topics including genomics, molecular simulation and organ-scale modeling.

      Nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology

      Nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology is a branch of engineering that involves the development and application of materials and devices to study biological processes and to treat disease at the level of single molecules and atoms.

      • Nanobiotechnology and cell molecular imaging
      • Functionalized nanomaterials in medicine and medical devices


      Neuroengineering research involves the application of engineering principles and technologies in the conduct of basic neuroscience research and in the pursuit of new methodologies and devices for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and remediation of neurological problems.

      • Nanobiotechnology and neuroengineering
      • Theoretical and computational neuroscience

      Spatial systems biology

      Spatial systems biology research is conducted as part of the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, which is dedicated to the use of advanced measurement technologies (omic and multi-scale imaging).