Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells

I - June 28–July 16, 2021
Modality, Day & 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 and Orthopedic Sciences (in Orthopedic Surgery) 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. He is a fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES),  International Combined Orthopedic Research Societies (ICORS), and Orthopedic Research Society (ORS).

Aaron Kyle

Aaron Kyle is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Design in Columbia's Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Kyle teaches two semesters of BME Lab Courses, an advanced Bioinstrumentation course, and BME Senior Design. In 2014, he launched the HYPOTHEKids (Hk) Maker Lab, an NIH-funded set of programs focused on introducing underprivileged and underrepresented minority high school students to engineering design and biomedical research.  As a result of this program, over 140 high school students have learned and applied a bio-engineering design process. He is currently working on expanding the Hk Maker Lab into the fabric of secondary education throughout New York City and State. Dr. Kyle received his BSEE from Kettering University and his Ph.D. in BME from Purdue University. In 2017, he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia's highest teaching recognition. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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