Letter from the Chair

Ed GuoWelcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering!

The Department was officially established in 2000 by the founding chair of the Department Dr. Van C. Mow.  In the past few years under the leadership of former chair Dr. Andrew F. Laine, our faculty, students, academic and research programs have been rising to new levels of excellence. In 2017, the Department of Biomedical Engineering is ranked #12 in the nation by the US News and World Report. The Department offers education programs in B.S., M.S., Ph.D. as well as M.D.-Ph.D.  Currently, we have about 110 undergraduate students (juniors and seniors), 80 master students, and 110 doctoral students.  Students in our biomedical engineering education programs, not only excel in academics, but also flourish in translational medicine and entrepreneurship though BioMedX program led by the Department (formerly Coulter Translational Research Program).

Currently, the Department of Biomedical Engineering has 22 tenured or tenure track faculty and 2 lecturers.  We have highly productive and prominent biomedical engineering scholars in the Department.  Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic has been promoted to the top rank as one of the 16 University Professors at Columbia University, the first University Professor in the history of Columbia Engineering. The Department has three faculty members elected to fellowship of the US national and the world prestigious academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering, US National Academy of Medicine, Us National Academy of Innovators, Academia Sinica, the Third World Academy of Science.  We also have 12 elected members of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  We have three faculty members in the Department serve as the editor-in-chief of premier journals in the field, including Biomaterials (Kam Leong), IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering (Paul Sajda), and IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience (Henry Hess).  The Department ranks at the top in terms of NIH/NSF funding per faculty in the nation.

I am very honored to be chosen as the new chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  We are really excited about the bright future of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia.  The Department has enhanced and renewed our connections and collaborations with the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) under the leadership of Dean Mary Boyce and her vision of Engineering in Medicine.  We will host our second Columbia University Engineering in Medicine Symposium on February 22nd, 2018 on CUMC campus.  The Department positions itself to play a leading role in building this important initiative for Engineering School and CUMC.  In the upcoming year, we will work with our CUMC colleagues in the College of Dental Medicine, and the Department of System Biology to search for talents for assistant professors in Bioinformatics and in Single Cell Technology, respectively.

We are in the process in formulating our Grand Visions for Columbia Biomedical Engineering in the Department.  We hope that we will be able to challenge ourselves and elevate Columbia Biomedical Engineering Program to the next level of excellence.  Please stay tuned and come back to check our progress in the near future.

Best regards,

X. Edward Guo, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering


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