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

Biomedical Engineering 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

ProfessorArea of expertise
Jason BatesPulmonary Research
Chris BergerStructural Dynamics of Molecular Motors
Bruce BeynnonOrthopaedic Biomechanics
Mary DunlopSystems and Synthetic Biology
Rachael OldinskiBiomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery

Affiliated Faculty

FacultyArea of Expertise
Daniel BentilMathematical Biology
Marilyn CipollaCerebral Bioengineering
J. Tobey ClarkClinical Engineering and Instrumentation Design
Yves DubiefBiophysics of Complex Fluids
Margaret EppsteinComputational Biosciences
Brian GarraRadiology, Ultrasound
Sharon HenryPostural Control Measurements
Darren HittMicrocirculatory Blow Flow Phenomena
Dryver R. HustonWhole Body Vibrations
Charles IrvinPulmonary Research
Martin H. KragSpine Biomechanics, Surgery and Fixation
Jeff MarshallBiofluid Flows, Algae Biofuels
David MaughanMuscle Biomechanics and Protein Engineering
Kurt E. OughstunBioelectromagnetic Modeling
Donna RizzoMultiscale Modeling
Michael RosenRehabilitation Engineering
Ian A.F. StokesSpine Biomechanics and Spinal Deformity
David WarshawBiological Molecular Motors
Ge WuBiomechanics of Movement and Posture
Junru WuSmooth Muscle Mechanics and Ultrasound
Jun YuMathematical Biology


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