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School of Biomedical Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

The School of Biomedical Engineering (BME) aims to satisfy the major needs of global development and meet the demand for interdisciplinary programs between medicine, science, and engineering. Based on the current frontiers of international research, major national needs, interdisciplinary programs, and the existing foundation of SJTU, BME consists the following six disciplines: Biomedical Instrumentation, Neuroscience and Engineering, Medical Imaging & Informatics, Nano-biomaterials, Systems Biology & Medicine, and Biological Sciences & Diseases. BME has been dedicated in cultivating high-level research, development, and management talents that are internationally competitive in the field of biomedical engineering.

  • Department of Biomedical Instrumentation

    The mission of our research is to create new knowledge, new concepts and innovative technologies at the interfaces of life science and engineering, to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases at cellular and molecular level. Currently, the field has 12 faculty members, and the research focuses mainly on techniques for physical therapy and medical devices, especially in the field of ultrasound and electromagnetic wave; thermo-physical studies of cancer; basic thermo-physics; synchrotron radiation X-ray-based imaging of tumor angiogenesis; influences of trace metals on tumor angiogenesis; and non-invasive monitoring of circulating tumor cells by in-vivo flow cytometry.

  • Department of Neuroscience and Engineering

    The mission of the Area of Neuroscience and Engineering is to develop and apply novel technologies for monitoring and understanding the brain and nervous system in both experimental and clinical neurosciences, as well as to develop neural prostheses based on the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying visual cognition. Interdisciplinary education and training are provided to our students.

    Currently, the program has 13 faculty members, and the major research directions of the area include retinal neural information processing, visual prosthesis, higher cognitive functions in visual cortices, neural mechanism of epilepsy, neurovascular imaging techniques and instrumentation, reorganization and plasticity of brain network following stroke, amputation or mental disorders, and optical imaging techniques.

  • Department of Medical Imaging & Informatics

    The mission of the Medical Imaging and Informatics Area is to develop novel medical imaging, medical image processing and image analysis methods and technologies for diagnosis and therapy of diseases, and to obtain the accurate structural and functional information of living body. Interdisciplinary education and training are provided to our students.

    Currently, the Area has 8 faculty members, and the major research directions of the field include: CT reconstruction algorithm, MRI reconstruction algorithm, synchrotron imaging, PET imaging, SPECT imaging, optical imaging, pattern recognition, computer vision, medical image processing, computer graphic, image-guided surgery and therapy, and virtual reality.

  • Department of Nano-Biomaterials

    Biomaterials are used diversely in diagnostics, therapeutics, rehabilitation and tissue engineering. Nanotechnology is an emerging area that will have great impact on future biomedicine. Currently, the BME Nano-Biomaterial Area has 10 faculty members, and the major research directions of the field consist of nanoparticles (including bioseparation, diagnostics, drug delivery, and molecular imaging), tissue engineering and biomaterials (focuses on investigations of degradable bioactive materials, cell-materials interactions, drug delivery and control release, as well as evaluation of biomaterials for damaged tissue repair and regeneration) and biomaterials.

  • Department of Systems Biology and Medicine

    This newly established research field mainly focuses on applying “systems” approach, combining multiple disciplines, from genomics to informatics to biophysics, to address fundamental questions in biology and medicine.

    Currently, the Area has 10 full time faculty members, and the primary research of the area includes: using integrated functional genomics to delineate the core control networks of phenotype maintenance and disease initiation with a special emphasis on the early stages of gastric cancer; developing innovative imaging modalities to analyze higher order structures of the chromosome as well as large scale structure of tissues with an interest in the innovation of tumor tissues; characterizing self-assembling and functional nano-structures from organic macrocycles and Fc fusion proteins; developing cutting edge probe imaging methods and analysis methods to achieve high resolution single molecule structural elucidation and high sensitivity methods to probe physical properties of cells.

  • Department of Biological Sciences and Diseases

    The research focus in this area is to advance biomedical research with a passion for discovery of mechanisms and therapies of major diseases like cancer and stroke, to provide biomedical engineering students with cutting-edge knowledge education, research skill and aptitude training in biological sciences in an interdisciplinary and collaborative nature, to extend biomedical education to the public and improve their health science concept.

    Currently, the program has 11 faculty members, and the major research directions of the area include stem cells and tissue (cerebral, inner ear, and retinal) repair/regeneration; mechanisms of ischemic brain injury and neuroprotection; neural cell death mechanisms; cancer research and cancer stem cells; and synchrotron radiation X-ray-based imaging.