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About BioMET

Associate Director: Joseph P.Y. Kao, Ph.D.

Assistant Director: Brian Hockenberry


The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology--BioMET--is a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland College Park. BioMET brings together basic biomedical researchers with engineers to develop new strategies and new devices to enhance our ability to treat diseases.


BioMET is an organized research center under the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It is composed of biomedical scientists with expertise in medicine, molecular and cell biology, optics, applied physics, engineering, and biochemistry who investigate basic and applied problems in medicine.

Current faculty address fundamental questions in bioengineering, and optical biology, sensing, neurobiology, genetics, cardiovascular diseases, cellular signaling, and protein structure. Scientific effort centers on biophotonics, molecular controls and cell signaling with current research foci that includes cellular signal transduction, genes and proteins contributing to Alzheimer's disease, cellular and molecular defects that lead to heart failure and arrhythmia, calcium signaling in nerve and muscle, and time-release drugs for stroke prevention. Other major areas of research involve imaging and fluorescence spectroscopy, development of novel contrast media for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), creation of a new generation of biomedical devices that detect real-time changes in medically important biochemicals.


Close collaboration with multiple academic departments in the University of Maryland School of Medicine,as well as the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy, and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.


All BioMET faculty members are involved in a number of graduate training programs within the University of Maryland. Students from other programs, both within the University of Maryland System and elsewhere, may also explore training options with BioMET faculty. Students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members.


BioMet is currently housed in a state-of-the-art 196,000-square-foot facility that includes faculty research laboratories, an Animal Core Facility, and a second UM Center (Institute of Human Virology). The two UM Centers and the Animal Core Facility resident in the building offer a number of multiuse core service facilities that are also available to other investigators on all campuses of the University System of Maryland and also the local biotechnology community. These service facilities include: confocal imaging core, biosafety level 3 laboratories, an animal core facility, clinical research core, cell analysis core, and immunology/virology core.


Interested parties from industry, academe, and government are encouraged to consider scientific collaborations with BioMET researchers. BioMET faculty currently have collaborative research projects in Maryland, nationally, and internationally.