Biomedical Engineering

Stephanie Willerth Awarded NSERC Grant

From Left to Right, Prof. S. Willerth, Prof. Jamie Cassels, R. Prof. Kirsty Duncan, and Prof. B. Mario Pinto

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BME350 Engineering Design

Design of Microfluidic and Lab-on-a-Chip devices for bio-chemical analysis

Victoria Hand Project Team

Winners of 2017 Google Impact Challenge, making hand prosthesis for amputees in developing countries

BME201 Quantitative Human Physiology

Study of Cardiac System, Respiratory and Pulmonary System, Neuro-Muscular, Endocrine and Renal Systems

BME 201 Quantitative Human Physiology

Laboratory Studying Cardiac Pulse Wave

BME 201 Quantitative Human Physiology

Laboratory Studying Maximum O2 Volume of the Lungs During Exertion

Biomedical engineering programs

Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Victoria spans the disciplines of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programs, including study of human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The program's broad aspect prepares BME graduates to work with the biomedical community of biologists, medical professionals and engineers. As with all UVic engineering programs there is a mandatory co-operative studies portion. This allows students to develop innovative technologies to improve healthcare quality. Students are exposed to various areas of specialization existing for BME graduates like bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials, prosthetics, orthotics and medical imaging through technical projects, coops, honors theses and technically based student groups. Various medical topics, including cancer research, is supported by each of these specializations in unique ways.

  • Bioinstrumentation is the application of electronics and measurement principles and techniques to develop devices used in diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Biomechanics is the mechanics applied to biological and medical problems. It includes the study of motion, material deformation, flow within the body and in devices, and chemical constituent transport across biological and synthetic media and membranes.
  • Biomaterials requires understanding living material properties and describes both living tissue and materials used for implantation.
  • Prosthetists and orthotists rehabilitate patients by designing and fitting artificial limbs (prostheses) and surgical appliances (orthoses) using a knowledge of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and engineered materials.
  • Medical Imaging is the visualization of body parts, tissues, or organs, for use in clinical diagnosis, treatment and disease monitoring. Imaging techniques encompass the fields of radiology, nuclear medicine, optical imaging and image-guided intervention.