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Biomedical Engineering Research

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Neuroengineering is a multidisciplinary field that involves the use of engineering technology to study the function of various neural systems. Research at UW–Madison is primarily focused on interfacing with the nervous system in one of two ways:

  1. Neuroimaging, or developing novel noninvasive imaging methods for studying or diagnosing neurological injury and disease.
  2. Neural interface, or developing implantable technology and materials for neuroprosthetic and rehabilitation applications or basic neuroscience studies.


Core faculty

Faculty affiliates

Centers, Consortia and Institutes

Forward BIO Institute

The Forward BIO Institute catalyzes innovation in biomanufacturing research, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. It acts as a “catapult” that pushes groundbreaking technologies into the private sector.

The institute engages with research institutions throughout the Midwest and supports innovations in workforce development, transformative research and development, and public-private partnerships in the emerging area of biomanufacturing: the advanced manufacturing of therapeutic medical devices, cells, tissues, or pharmaceuticals.

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID)

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery was created in 2010 to explore new ways of generating innovation in science and engineering. Since opening in 2010, the institute has been awarded and administered more than $22 million in grant funding from a variety of foundations and agencies to continue pursuing research collaborations with the Morgridge Institute for Research, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the State of Wisconsin, and more.

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR)

The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research has embraced a new way of doing science since its opening in 2008. In this new model, traditional research silos become obsolete as basic, translational, and clinical scientists—in cancer, imaging, neuroscience, surgery, and cardiovascular and regenerative medicine—work together to move discoveries quickly from bench to bedside and into the community.

In addition to its three interdisciplinary research towers, WIMR neighbors the UW Health Sciences Learning Center, the UW Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing, and the UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital—making it well-positioned for easy interactions between WIMR scientists, their health sciences colleagues, practicing clinicians, and the patients whose lives they hope to improve.