When you become a Biomedical Engineer, you will learn how to take traditional engineering principles and apply them to medicine and biology. Working in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities and government agencies, biomedical engineers design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in the healthcare industry. Biomedical Engineers are able to look at problems from engineering and biological perspectives; to both find problems with living systems and to create a range of possible solutions.
Diverse and Interesting Projects in the Biomedical Engineering Field:
Mosquitoes are some of the most adept bloodsuckers on Earth. With a quick jab, sharp mouthparts plunge into human skin in search of a juicy blood vessel. It’s no surprise, then, that bioengineers have used the pest as inspiration for a device to periodically and independently sample the blood of individuals with diabetes.
Scientists have engineered a bone-like implant to have its own working marrow that is capable of producing healthy blood. The implant may help treat several blood and immune disorders without the side effects of current treatments. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue present inside the centre of bones.
A 49-year-old man finally got relief from a rare, maddening eye disorder after researchers, in an experimental procedure, implanted specialized magnets beneath his eyeballs. The disorder, called nystagmus, or dancing eyes, causes the eyes to oscillate rhythmically, making the visual scene constantly shake.
Above, Figure 1: Rita Paradiso with a variety of sensor-equipped garments at the Smartex offices in Italy. Take note! Your pajamas may have something important to tell you. If you’re elderly and susceptible to hypothermia, your pajamas might let you know that your temperature has fallen and you should add some blankets or turn up the heat.
Escherichia coli, or more commonly known as E.coli, is a large and diverse group of bacteria. Most strains are harmless, others are responsible for illness and infection. But never before have they been quite so artistic. A group of synthetic biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created genetically modified E.coli that can sense and replicate coloured light.
Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was “programmed” to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we’re just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass.