Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

A department whose roots run more than 100 years deep, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics offers two clear directions for both undergrad and graduate degrees.

Interested in Engineering Mechanics?

Engineering Mechanics offers a foundational groundwork which bridges many areas of engineering. Our grads find a wide range of options available to them upon graduation, and can find highly interdisciplinary applications.

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Looking for Biomedical Engineering?

It's one of the consistently fastest growing degree tracks, and our program offers unique, world-renown opportunities for research and study. From injury studies to cancer research, Virginia Tech offers a myriad of options to students.

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The Laboratory of Integrative Tumor Ecology (LITE Lab) is led by Dr. Scott Verbridge and pursues innovative research at the intersection of engineering, physics, biology, and medicine. By embracing the perspectives of these diverse fields, the team hopes to develop novel treatment paradigms for those who are suffering from the most aggressive types of cancer.

With a "tumor engineering" approach, LITE Lab researchers apply tools and insights from the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to the understanding and treatment of cancer. Ongoing lab projects include engineering the tumor vascular niche, targeting the altered physics of cancer, and expanding the hallmarks of cancer by identifying tumor-associated microbes.

Verbridge recently received a NSF CAREER Award to seek new approaches for treating aggressive brain tumors, and he also belongs to a team that was awarded a $9.2 million NIH grant for similar research.