We drive research and education in medical technologies, health informatics and healthcare delivery. Combining the expertise of engineers, biomedical researchers, clinical practitioners and industry partners, we create innovative medical solutions that have societal and economic impact.
Biomaterials and tissue engineering
Interdisciplinary research into biomaterials synthesis, fabrication and characterisation, stem cell culture, tissue regeneration and medical device design.
Biomechanics and mechanobiology
Employs the principles of mechanics to investigate the effects of energy and forces in biological systems. Our research specialisations focus on musculoskeletal modelling, injury, orthopaedics, cell biomechanics and biomaterials.
Bionics, biomedical imaging and neuroengineering
Using scientific methods to understand and model the nervous system, and applying this knowledge to engineer systems that interact with, augment, or mimic nervous system functionality.
Systems and synthetic biology
An interdisciplinary team of researchers developing computational approaches to understanding human health and disease.
Industry and healthcare engagement
Working with government and industry is a pivotal part of what we do. Our industry partners provide platforms for translational research, they inform our teaching and they provide employment pathways for our students.
- Our industry engagement
Our advisory group and industrial and clinical partners that we have worked with ensure that our teaching and research is relevant to the needs of industry and the healthcare sector.Find out more
- Equipment and services
We offer a wide range of sophisticated analytical equipment and instrumentation; as well as analytical services; that can be accessed by external users.Find out more
- Student projects and internships
Host a student within your organisation, to assist with a specific project or to preview potential future graduate employees.Find out more
Study biomedical engineering
Our undergraduate major is offered with either the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science. The Bioengineering Systems major provides a pathway to the Master of Engineering.
The Master of Engineering (Biomedical) and the Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business) can be studied by graduates of any degree with suitable maths and science. Both courses provide professional accreditation as an engineer.
Our graduate research programs — the MPhil and the PhD — are built on world-leading projects and are led by staff with international recognition for their research contributions.
Summer Research Experience Program
A 10–12 week summer research program offered to current students who will be commencing the final year of their Bachelor or Masters degree.
Graduates can expect to work in the biotechnology, biomedical or pharmaceutical industries, in research and innovation, in the health services or in government and consulting. Graduates may work for companies such as Cochlear, Aventis, Cell Therapies or GlaxoSmithKline, or for research organisations such as CSIRO or Bio21.
Head of Department
Prof Peter Lee
Deputy Head of Department, Research
Assoc Prof David Ackland
Deputy Head of Department, Teaching
These prestigious prizes are for a scientific discovery or technological innovation, or a series of such achievements that significantly advances knowledge. This a fantastic honour and recognises Professor Tony Burkitt’s outstanding research over many years.Feature
Congratulations to all the Biomedical Engineering students who participated in the 2019 Exhibition. See our award winners.Feature
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Tissue engineering can restore damaged or lost tissue; University of Melbourne research is working to scale up the technology to regenerate human organs.Feature
Events & seminars
There are no upcoming events scheduled.
Join our alumni community
We encourage our graduates to join the University’s alumni community to take advantage of the services and networking opportunities we offer.
This group provides an opportunity for graduates and staff from the Department of Biomedical Engineering to stay informed and in contact with each other.
Contribute to our curriculum
We invite our graduates to contribute to the ongoing refinement of our curriculum; through hosting student internships, or contributing projects for students to work on.