Since its establishment, the School of Biomedical Engineering has aimed at excellence in both fundamental and applied research for developing advanced biomedical technologies that can address unmet clinical needs and contribute to human health. Currently, our research covers three major themes: 1) biomedical instrumenta-tion; 2) nano, molecular and regenerative medicine; and 3) imaging, computational and systems biomedicine. Our research has been recognized with 15 awards above the provincial and ministerial levels. Based on InCites Dataset (built from the Web of Science), the total number of journal articles, citations and H index are among the best BME programs in the world.


  • Biomedical Instrumentation - core research areas in this theme include medical robotics, biophotonics, high-intensity focused ultrasound, neuroengineering, and imageguided surgical interventions. Much of the work has clear clinical translational targets, with applications to cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, immuno-therapy, histopathology, and neuro-degenerative diseases. 
  • Nano, Molecular and Regenerative Medicine – our main research focus in this theme includes immunoengineering, development of single-cell analysis and multio-mics tools, functional and molecular probes, engineering T cell therapies and regenerative engineering. Our work has contributed to new treatment regimens in cancer, infectious diseases, regenerative medicine, wound healing, and inflammatory diseases.
  • Imaging, Computational and Systems Biomedicine – this theme is concerned with the development of novel imaging and analysis techniques for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications by considering both structural and functional information across scales. It develops new biomechanical models and systems biomedi-cine techniques for elucidating system level interaction of diseases and the efficacy of therapeutic and rehabilitation techniques. Specific research topics include, for example, real-time and functional MRI, systems biology, clinical informatics, AI in medicine, computational neuroscience, medical image computing and image guided intervention, all of which are highly synergistic to other research areas in the school. 


To promote interdisciplinary research and clinical translation, the School has led a number of university-wide collaborative centers and institutes, including the Institute for Medical Imaging Technology and Institute of Medical Robotics. The Med-X Institute, established in 2007 to conduct clinically driven basic research and development, has joint research centers with seven top ranked hospitals in China. Our faculty members are also instrumental in the organiza-tion and operation of 6 national research centers, awarded by the Chinese government agencies based on competition, merits and accomplishment. These include the National Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology, the National Major Infrastructure for Translational Medicine, and the Ministry of Education Engineering Research Center for Digital Medicine Clinical Translation. Moreover, the National Medical Robotics Technology Innovation Center and the National Engineering Center for Advanced Technologies of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Integrated in situ, in vivo Diagnosis and Intervention are being established. To accelerate technology translation, the School has established three technological incubators in collaboration with local government. These include the Molecular Nanomedicine Innovation and Transformation Center and the Medical Robotics Industrial Park in Shanghai, and the Intelligent Medical Device Industrialization Base in Nantong, JiangSu Province. The school adheres to the government strategy of Healthy China, with the purpose of serving the people's needs. The school promotes core technology transformation by continuously strengthening basic science reasearch  and industry-uni-versity cooperation. The school actively responds to the clinical needs and patient wellbeing through progresses in nano-biotechnology, tumor immuno-therapy, stem cell therapy, cardiovascular intervention and other fields.