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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Carolina resides at the intersection of engineering and medicine. With interdisciplinary faculty from the College of Engineering and Computing, the School of Medicine and Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, we collaborate to provide research and education that advances medicine and gives our students learning opportunities both within and beyond the classroom.

Department Highlights

HIV test tube

Bringing HIV testing to patients

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Chang Liu is currently working on research that aims to develop a specialized HIV self-test that could help lower transmission rates and allow for early treatment to reduce the chances of developing AIDS.

USC Breakthrough Winners

Chang Liu, one of three CEC 2023 USC Breakthrough Award winners

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the exceptional faculty members and graduate students selected to receive the 2023 Breakthrough research awards.

Melissa Moss

USC researcher continues quest to find new therapeutics for Alzheimer’s

USC researcher Melissa Moss has studied Alzheimer's disease for decades, and she's coming closer to finding medicines that will help patients keep their memories longer.

Caila Boyd Magazine

Alumni Q&A: Dr. Caila Boyd Magazine, '15

One CEC alum has aligned her biomedical engineering education and skills into medicine. It also served as solid foundation and preparation for the rigors of medical school.

Brittany Watson - alzheimers researcher

Understanding Alzheimer’s disease

More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050. But one Ph.D. student is dedicated to better understanding methods of early detection and the disease’s progression that could lead to improved outcomes.

Dr. Michael Gower in lab leaning over shoulder of graduate student.

Gower aims to advance treatment of obesity-related disease through NSF research

Assistant Professor Michael Gower will utilize his NSF CAREER award to investigate and help researchers better understand and improve the medical field's response to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.