Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BBME)

Biological and Biomedical Engineering


  • Duff Medical Building
  • 3775 University Street, Room 316
  • Montreal QC H3A 2B4
  • Canada
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About Biological and Biomedical Engineering

The Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BBME) graduate program is an interfaculty program involving the Department of Bioengineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Medicine. The BBME interfaculty program builds on the excellence and high standard of its predecessor graduate program in Biomedical Engineering. This broader interfaculty restructuring supports the growing trend in research universities toward formalized interdisciplinary studies and multifaculty collaboration.

BBME students come from a wide range of backgrounds including engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and dentistry, among others. The multicultural diversity of our student body is a strength of the program, as networking and collaborative opportunities are vast. Students in BBME have supervisors associated with the program whose home departments will be spread primarily across the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine.

As researchers in this field unravel the molecular and physiological mechanisms of biology, develop increasingly advanced technologies to transform healthcare, or attempt to reverse-engineer naturally occurring biological solutions, devices, and procedures, alumni of the BBME program are poised to play a critical role in shaping our global future.

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Research Domains

Our faculty members are particularly active in research related to the development of quantitative analysis tools and instruments for biological and biomedical research. The ultimate goal is the pursuit of answers to biological and medical questions. Ongoing biological and biomedical engineering research at McGill includes:

  • signal analysis, including brain (EEG), muscles (EMG), eyes (EOG), respiration, and mass spectrometry;
  • systems analysis, including neuromuscular control, and oculomotor and vestibular control;
  • experimental and computational biomechanics, including orthopedic and auditory mechanics;
  • biomaterials, including artificial cells;
  • medical imaging and image processing;
  • micro and nanotechnology and biosensors;
  • nanoparticles and cell imaging;
  • bioinformatics and computational biology;
  • computers in medical education, including interactive 3D models and haptics;
  • biological materials and mechanics;
  • biomolecular and cellular engineering, and regenerative medicine;
  • biomedical, diagnostics, and high throughput screening engineering;
  • mechanics of disease;
  • tissue engineering, especially concerning 3D and nano-related biological microfluidics devices, such as fungi and cellular traffic;
  • biological dynamic devices, from whole-organisms (e.g., bacteria) to nanodevices;
  • information processing and storage in biological systems;
  • systems and synthetic biology;
  • cell mechanisms and the cytoskeleton;
  • soft matter physics.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Biological and Biomedical Engineering (Thesis) (45 credits)

The Biological and Biomedical Engineering Master's program focuses on the interdisciplinary application of methods, paradigms, technologies, and devices from engineering and the natural sciences to problems in biology, medicine, and the life sciences. With its unique multidisciplinary environment and taking advantage of research collaborations between staff in the Faculties of Medicine, Science, and Engineering, BBME offers thesis-based graduate degrees (M.Eng.) that span broad themes, including: biomodelling, biosignal processing, medical imaging, nanotechnology, artificial cells and organs, probiotics, bioinformatics, orthopedics, biological materials and mechanobiology, motor proteins and the cytoskeleton, biosensors and biological therapeutics, biological networks, and computational biology. BBME's internationally-renowned staff provide frequent and stimulating interactions with physicians, scientists, and the biomedical industry. Through courses and thesis research, this program will prepare students for careers in industry, academia, hospitals, and government and provide a solid basis for Ph.D. studies. Candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or medicine with a strong emphasis on mathematics, physics, chemistry, and basic biology (physiology, cell biology, or molecular biology).

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biological and Biomedical Engineering

The Biological and Biomedical Engineering doctoral program provides students with advanced training in the interdisciplinary application of methods, paradigms, technologies, and devices from engineering and the natural sciences to problems in biology, medicine, and the life sciences. The program will focus on an area of choice while integrating quantitative concepts and engineering tools for the study of natural and life sciences and/or for patient care. As part of the Ph.D. requirement, the student will integrate the scientific method, develop critical and deep thinking, and acquire advanced writing and presentation skills that will form the foundation for his/her future career. Under the guidance of their supervisor, the student will tackle a research challenge and make original contributions to the advancement of science and engineering in an area of Biological and Biomedical Engineering. Through independent research and thesis writing, the program will prepare students for careers in academia, industry, hospitals, and government. Students who complete the program will obtain a doctor of philosophy in Biological and Biomedical Engineering. The best preparation for this program is a master's degree in BBME or a related discipline.

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Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2019-2020 (last updated Aug. 20, 2019).