Professor and student in biomedical engineering lab

Students have the option to pursue either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering with concentration in Biomedical Engineering (details below) or a PhD in Biomedical & Health Informatics.

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UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science researchers are collaborating with medical, government and academic partners to make technological advances that improve healthcare and people’s lives.

What to Expect

Some students pursue their PhD after completing a master’s degree, and others choose to earn a PhD instead of a master’s degree. Please see the course catalog for specific requirements.

Many students earn Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) or Fellowships during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantships decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted to the program.

Earning a PhD in Engineering opens doors to a wide range of professional or academic opportunities that may include leadership roles in academia, federal and industrial research organizations, or other government service.

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Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our students have the opportunity to work with biomedical engineering faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as assistive technology, biomechanics, bone healing, medical imaging, medical instrumentation or rehabilitation engineering using robotics.

Advanced Mobility Biomechanics Lab (AMBL)

This lab led by Assistant Professor Jacob R. Rammer investigates, develops, and implements new technologies to study human motion and achieve mobility independence for people with disabilities. The overarching goal of AMBL’s work is to better meet the needs of people with disabilities in daily life through innovative technology development, and to conduct clinical research to understand and ultimately improve mobility independence, quality of care and quality of life in this population. The team’s smart and connected health approach leverages the latest sensors and software to acquire, model, and analyze mobility and participation data in real-time.

AMBL is housed in UWM’s University Services and Research Building (USRB) and comprises two large laboratory spaces with comprehensive motion capture, human performance, computing, and sensor development equipment.

Big Data Analytics and Visualization Lab

The Big Data Analytics and Visualization Lab led by Professor Zeyun Yu is focused on developments of new computational approaches and software tools for various types of massive data processing, data mining and visualization using both knowledge-based and data-driven techniques. In particular, they have been developing machine learning and deep neural networks for image processing, natural language processing, and 3D geometric shape modeling and visualization and applying these methods to biomedical research problems such as wound analysis, spine modeling, tumor diagnosis, knee arthroplasty and many others.

They are also interested in building mobile device-based applications for smart and connected systems and internet of things. Our work is supported by NIH, NBCR, GE, MCW, and UWM’s Research Foundation. We welcome collaboration in areas of mutual interest from academic/clinical organizations and industrial partners.

Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Lab

Assistant Professor Priya Premnath and her team use genetic, pharmaceutical, and biomaterial-based therapies to improve bone healing outcomes because the normal bone healing process in aged and diseased populations is impaired and currently no therapies can fully regenerate lost bone.

We are also interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms involved in cell cycle regulation during healing and harnessing this information to further improve regeneration.

Our lab is uniquely placed to conduct research at the intersection of fundamental biology and biomaterials engineering through application and testing of novel biomaterials in animals (in vivo studies) and mammalian cells (in vitro studies).  We have state-of-the-art equipment for cell culture, animal surgeries, biomaterial fabrication and characterization. We also have access to the Animal Facility, the Biotechnology Center and the Advanced Analysis Facility at UWM.

Biomedical Instrumentation Lab

The Biomedical Instrumentation Lab provides hands-on signals and processing experience using sensors to record and analyze brain waves, which control today’s state-of-the art prosthetic limbs, robotic arms, and humanoid robots. The lab also contains Virtual Reality (VR) headsets that are coupled with state-of-the-art EEG equipment to study cognitive processes and translate brain waves into movements in a VR environment.

Biorobotics Lab

The Biorobotics Lab, led by Associate Professor Mohammad “Habib” Rahman, focuses on the design, development, and control of wearable robots that can rehabilitate and assist physically disabled individuals whose upper and lower extremities are impaired. These wearable robots are designed for the individual to use them to rehabilitate, and ultimately, be able to leave the wearable robot behind.

Mechanobiology and Vascular Biomechanics Lab

In this lab led by Assistant Professor Mahsa Dabagh, graduate and undergraduate students use biology, mathematics, mechanics, biomaterials, and fluid dynamics to answer key questions about human diseases. We develop innovative prevention and treatment plans for cancer and cardiovascular diseases, which are tightly interconnected.

Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. For a full list, click here.


Xeufeng Bao
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Qingsu Cheng
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mahsa Dabagh
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advisor, UWM Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Ge He
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Devendra Misra
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
Priya Premnath
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Premnath Lab
Mohammad Rahman
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
  • Affiliate Professor, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
  • Switzer Research Distinguished Fellow
Jacob Rammer
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Advanced Mobility Biomechanics Lab (AMBL)
Pradeep Rohatgi
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Advanced Manufacture of Materials
Brooke Slavens
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Professor of Mechanical Engineering, EMS Office 1080
  • Affiliate Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science & Technology
Yongjin Sung
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
faculty member zeyun Yu
  • Professor, Computer Science
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Big Data Analytics and Visualization Lab


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Health Informatics
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

UWM is proud to be one of the few R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:

  • National Institute for Health
  • National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Defense
  • Regional businesses: Medical College of Wisconsin?
Biomedical Engineering
Contact Info:

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784