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The Meinig School builds research and educational programs around a vision that a quantitative understanding of the human body can be used as a foundation for the rational design of therapies, molecules, devices, and diagnostic procedures to improve human health. The diversity of opportunities inherent in biomedical engineering and the access to the vast intellectual and facilities resources across Cornell and at its partner site at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City make Cornell an exceptional place to earn a degree.


For the graduate field of BME, which is much larger than the Meinig School, we emphasize the following six distinct but integrated areas of research: 

There are many additional research opportunities in BME graduate field faculty laboratories outside the school. Any of these faculty can serve as your primary advisor!


Learn more about our research areas and faculty labs from current PhD students in these breakout sessions from last year's open house (2020):

Reserch Areas

Collaboration Employs New Strategies to Study the Spread of Cancer


Finding new ways to study cancer and how it spreads is the goal of the Center on the Physics of Cancer Metabolism, a translational research program that taps into expertise at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine, with investigators at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of California, San Francisco.