Biomedical Engineering

A Unique Mix of Expertise and Resources

Biomedical engineering is opening up new and innovative ways to conduct preclinical and clinical studies, as well as creating new technologies for improving health. The Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Wake Forest Baptist is a leader in biomedical engineering applications that improve health. Our experts specialize in a wide array of biomedical engineering fields, such as trauma treatment, biomechanics, nanotechnology, biomedical imaging and organ and tissue engineering. They collaborate across disciplines like cancer, metabolism and regenerative medicine and are experienced in working with industry partners to advance preclinical and clinical projects.


Your preclinical research project can draw from the unique expertise and capabilities of our biomedical engineers, who specialize in areas like nanotechnology, tissue engineering, biomechanics, biomedical imaging and trauma. Our experts are well-versed in collaboration with researchers in other areas—such as radiology and regenerative medicine—and can make use of preclinical anatomical models, trauma models, specialized imaging and nanotechnology capabilities to help make your preclinical project a success. 

A unique strength of our biomedical engineering department is the development of biofidelic virtual human body models. As part of the Global Human Body Models Consortium, a multi-center effort to develop state-of-the-art virtual human models for improving safety in transportation, our researchers can customize body models to study aging, anthropometry, injury risk prediction, spaceflight, transportation, medical device design and much more.

Key Research Areas

  • Trauma research of microvascular damage and specific injury phenotypes
  • Medical device design
  • Advanced 3D printing
  • Material testing
  • Robotic surgical biomechanics
  • Imaging analysis in aging, addiction, mild traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease
  • Human body model customization
  • Anthropometry
  • Spaceflight
  • Automotive injury risk prediction
  • Solid organ engineering
  • Tissue engineering


The biomedical engineering department provides a wide range of experts who can help you develop creative approaches to clinical research. The program provides access to cutting-edge capabilities in anatomical modeling, injury biomechanics, trauma simulation, biomarker analysis, rapid prototyping for surgical models and devices and custom medical device design.

Clinical research is supported by resources like the Center for Injury Biomechanics, which leads the world in the critical investigations of injury biomechanics. Researchers at the Center are pioneers in the study of head impact in sports. Our investigators are part of the groundbreaking Imaging, Telemetry and Kinematics Modeling (iTAKL) study that provides ongoing information to track exposure of youth football players for head impacts and concussion. Researchers also provide unique capabilities and expertise to explore the body’s mechanisms and human tolerance following injury, trauma, surgical procedures and the utilization of medical devices and drug delivery systems.

Key Research Areas

  • Injury biomechanics for soldiers
  • Concussion and head impact in sports
  • Sports equipment development and improvement
  • Imaging analysis in aging, addiction, mild traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular MRI image acquisition and image analysis.
  • Solid organ engineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Rapid prototyping of surgical models
  • Personalized trauma therapies
  • Biomarker analysis

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Explore Technical Services Offered by Our Biomedical Engineers

In addition to serving as principal investigators for your studies, our engineers also give you access to unique technical services such as imaging analysis, advanced 3D printing and prototyping and mechanical testing.
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