Biomedicine is a unique field that incorporates medicine, biology and engineering. Biomedical engineers design novel devices, drugs, computer systems and/or software used to improve human health.

We believe creativity and working across disciplines is the key for the continued advancement of this field. Biomedical engineers are change-agents who work to improve people’s health and lives.

Advancing Cancer Research at UC Davis

July 22, 2020
With a combined $6.5 million in new grants biomedical engineering faculty Julie Sutcliffe and Randy Carney are pioneering new technology that will help treat and diagnose cancer earlier and more effectively, saving more lives.

EXPLORER Scans Cancer Patients

July 08, 2020
EXPLORER – the world’s first total-body PET scanner – has now been used to scan about 200 patients and 65 research subjects. Developed by Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi, professors in the biomedical engineering department, EXPLORER can scan up to 40 times faster than current PET scanners along with a much lower dose of radiation – up to 40 times less – making it safer for patients.

Going viral

June 24, 2020

Though viruses are known for causing diseases like COVID-19, UC Davis chemical engineers Karen McDonald and Priya Shah think they can be as beneficial as they are destructive. From producing and purifying drugs for humans in space to inspiring new tools for biotechnology, viruses are being re-engineered to help humans who are suffering from injuries or diseases.

UC Davis engineers respond to COVID-19 challenges

March 26, 2020
Anticipating a scarcity of medical devices and a lack of treatment options for COVID-19, UC Davis College of Engineering researchers are investigating innovative technology to manufacture masks, ventilators and other critical equipment.

Wearable device assists people with loss of bladder function

March 12, 2020
UC Davis medical and engineering experts are teaming up to develop an under-clothing biosensor that can recognize in real time when someone’s bladder is full. Most people take that kind of biological awareness for granted, but it is lacking for the approximately half a million individuals in the United States with spinal cord injuries or spinal anomalies.

A computer cursor that moves without being touched

February 12, 2020
Sanjay Joshi, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis, and his lab are working with people in the medical, engineering, and disability communities to improve the capabilities of machines to assist people with physical limitations.

Chen-Nee Chuah: Improving healthcare with ‘smart’ tech

November 13, 2019
Technology under development by UC Davis electrical and computer engineering Professor Chen-Nee Chuah potentially can make a direct impact on patients by providing earlier detections, streamlined interventions and better prognoses for patients.