Why UF BME?

Since its inception in 2002, the department continues to exponentially grow in its contributions to the field. Graduate students in our department are immersed in both clinical and engineering research, through coursework and direct academic mentorship and research, with the close proximity to top-ranked medical, veterinary, and dental schools, as well research institutes and facilities in engineering and science, facilitating collision and collaboration. Our growing and dynamic faculty, working in cutting edge translational research across multiple disciplines further promotes this dynamic environment.

In addition, UF BME fosters:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation through opportunities for industrial partnerships, internships, and certification programs
  • Leadership and Ambassadorship through engagement in international, national, and university-based professional societies and communities
  • Global Awareness through leadership seminars, networking events, exchange programs, and outreach

Life in Gainesville

The City of Gainesville is unlike any other. It has amazing access to all the best Florida has to offer, while keeping a low cost and easy pace of living. This dynamic college town has been recognized as a wonderful place to live, including the 11th Best College Town, 16 Reasons Gainesville, FL is the Best College Town in America, One of the Best Places to Live, and One of the most affordable cities to live in Florida. Its focus on nature, preservation, and sustainability also makes it a great environment for playing outdoors. Finally, its great access (right off I-75) makes for an easy drive to the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, as well as to all of Orlando’s Theme parks.

Student Testimonials

“At UF, I have learned to develop multidisciplinary skills because my research gave me the opportunity to work with great scientists in different fields. This also pushed me to think outside the box.” 
Angelie Rivera-Rodriguez
Ph.D. Candidate | National Science Foundation Fellow
Angelie’s research designs magnetic nanoparticles with chemotherapeutic agents to treat resistant cancerous tumors.


“I chose to attend UF because BME’s close proximity to Shands Hospital fosters collaborations between doctors and biomedical engineers. Also, the university is committed to promoting diversity on campus, as exemplified by resources such as the Office of Graduate Minority Programs.”
Hamadi McIntosh
Ph.D. Candidate | McKnight Doctoral Fellow | NSF Fellow
Hamadi’s research develops novel machine learning approaches to integrate MRI and genomic data to automate the diagnosis of Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (IIM).


“I chose to pursue an education at UF because of the truly collaborative atmosphere that exists here between the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which allows unparalleled opportunity to train in clinically meaningful translational research.”
Adam Grippin
MD/PhD Candidate | National Institutes of Health Fellow
Adam’s research focuses on the use of RNA-loaded nanoparticles to direct the immune system to eliminate malignant brain tumors.