The University of Vermont offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the interdisciplinary Bioengineering Program. The program bridges faculty from the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and College of Medicine (COM).

Bioengineering research at the University of Vermont focuses on the application of quantitative engineering analysis to the study of biological systems.

The goal of this program is the development and implementation of computational and experimental engineering approaches for describing, analyzing, and predicting the behavior of complex biological systems at multiple scales. We consider scales ranging from the molecular level to the cell, tissue, organ, organism, and population levels. Emphasis is placed on understanding how biochemical, biomechanical, and/or other biophysical processes interact and influence emergent properties at these different levels.

Areas of expertise in the program are:

Regenerative Medicine

  • Tissue engineering
  • Drug delivery
  • Musculoskeletal disease

System Biology

  • Synthetic biology
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • Physiological dynamics


  • Joint injury assessment and prevention
  • Pulmonary mechanics
  • Molecular motors



Core Faculty

Professor Area of expertise
Jason Bates Pulmonary Research
Chris Berger Structural Dynamics of Molecular Motors
Bruce Beynnon Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Mary Dunlop Systems and Synthetic Biology
Rachael Oldinski Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery

Affiliated Faculty

Faculty Area of Expertise
Daniel Bentil Mathematical Biology
Marilyn Cipolla Cerebral Bioengineering
J. Tobey Clark Clinical Engineering and Instrumentation Design
Yves Dubief Biophysics of Complex Fluids
Margaret Eppstein Computational Biosciences
Brian Garra Radiology, Ultrasound
Sharon Henry Postural Control Measurements
Darren Hitt Microcirculatory Blow Flow Phenomena
Dryver R. Huston Whole Body Vibrations
Charles Irvin Pulmonary Research
Martin H. Krag Spine Biomechanics, Surgery and Fixation
Jeff Marshall Biofluid Flows, Algae Biofuels
David Maughan Muscle Biomechanics and Protein Engineering
Kurt E. Oughstun Bioelectromagnetic Modeling
Donna Rizzo Multiscale Modeling
Michael Rosen Rehabilitation Engineering
Ian A.F. Stokes Spine Biomechanics and Spinal Deformity
David Warshaw Biological Molecular Motors
Ge Wu Biomechanics of Movement and Posture
Junru Wu Smooth Muscle Mechanics and Ultrasound
Jun Yu Mathematical Biology


The following documents outline the Bioengineering Graduate Program's requirements for admission, the coursework requirements, and the comprehensive exam process: