Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering (BE 400)
Focus on a clinical specialty related to your scientific and technological interests and apply it to your engineering degree. Watch a procedure, sit in on a case discussion, shadow a clinician, engage in a clinical research project, or all of the above. Learn how the fields of Bioengineering and Medicine are interrelated and rely upon each other and take advantage of our proximity to one of the nation's top hospitals and medical schools, just yards away from your door. Learn more...
Instructors: Gershon Buchsbaum | David Eckmann
Engineering Microbial Systems (BE 441)
Microorganisms are involved in a wide variety of scientific applications, from producing life-saving antibiotics to getting your clothes clean in the washer. In BE 441: Engineering Microbial Systems, students learn about genetic tools and approaches that scientists are developing to study and modify microorganisms to harness their vast potential. Students learn about various mutagenesis techniques such as genome shuffling, where genomes are mixed like a deck of cards, as well as analysis techniques like DNA microarrays where entire genome expression profiles can be seen on a single chip. In addition, discussions about how companies and universities are using these techniques for exciting applications, such as cancer treatment or "green" energy production, provide a glimpse into the power of these techniques and organisms in real life.
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Independent Study (BE 490/492)
Faculty encourage every bioengineering student to explore research opportunities during their undergraduate career at Penn. Students can enroll in up to two semesters of independent study to earn class credits while working within the labs of faculty members across Penn's campus, including the medical school, the veterinary and dental schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, and Penn Engineering.
Independent study projects span diverse biomedical research areas. Students have tested high-density flexible electrodes for the treatment of epilepsy, investigated fat storage cell formation, and attempted to synthesize artificial red blood cells to treat disorders like sickle-cell anemia. Many undergraduates have even published their independent-study research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Brain-Computer Interfaces (BE 521)
Brian Litt, M.D., and guest lecturers who have "real-world" experience in designing and developing implantable medical devices in research and industry, cover topics from the basics of neurosignals to deep-brain stimulation and antiepileptic devices. Students learn about software, brain-computer interface (BCI) hardware, the regulatory and approval process for devices, and start-up companies and entrepreneurship in BCI from one of the field’s pioneers in implantable brain devices. By the end of the course students will be able to design and implement a scaled-down computer interface device in computer software simulations, and understand basic concepts involved in its implementation and approval.
Instructor: Brian Litt