Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells

Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
I - June 29–July 17, 2020
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.
J. Chloë Bulinski, Clark T. Hung, Aaron Kyle

Biology and chemistry.

“I was surprised at how in-depth and complex the content covered in the lectures was. It was challenging but still very enjoyable."  - Matthew W. | Kowloon, Hong Kong

Course Description

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field that applies engineering principles to solving problems in biology, physiology, and medicine. In this course, through formal lectures and hands-on wet lab activities students gain an appreciation for the role of engineering in performing biological research.

We focus on how biomedical engineering modeling systems are used to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms through which cells in the human body respond to physical stimuli (chemical, electrical, mechanical). This information can then be directed toward the development of cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine strategies, such as functional tissue engineering, for tissue and organ repair.

Intensive lab sessions, making up half of the course, take place in the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s undergraduate laboratory, which contains facilities for cell and tissue culture, microscopy, and data and image analysis. Students in fixed groups rotate through a series of three-day lab projects.

Participants are expected to bring laptops for this class.


J. Chloë Bulinski

J. Chloë Bulinski received her B.A. in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Bulinski has studied cell biology throughout her career, focusing on cell motility, cell cycle, and differentiation decisions. Cartilage progenitor cells are the model system her laboratory uses, with the overarching goal of promoting healing of endogenous, damaged cartilage and engineering new cartilage.

Clark T. Hung

Clark T. Hung holds a B.S. from Brown University and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hung is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. He has published widely on physical effects and regulation in orthopaedic cells/tissues and is currently engaged in research on cartilage mechanotransduction and tissue engineering.

Aaron Kyle

Aaron Kyle holds a B.S. in electrical engineering (Kettering University, 2002) and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering (Purdue University, 2007). He is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Design in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia. He served in a number of tutoring and mentoring roles during his undergraduate and graduate education. While conducting postdoctoral research at the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, Aaron was a tutor for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Community Tutoring Program at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School in Indianapolis, IN. In 2014, he created the Hk Maker Lab, a set of interconnected programs in which New York City high schools are introduced to engineering design and participate in industry internships, and local high school teachers are assisted in the development of engineering design-related courses. In 2017, he received the Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award, Columbia University's highest teaching recognition.

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