Clemson Bioengineering at MUSC

Message from the Director

The Clemson University - Medical University of South Carolina (CU-MUSC) program in Bioengineering is approaching its 20th anniversary in the Fall of 2023. This program was developed to advance the research, education, and scholarship of engineering in medicine and was founded as a partnership between Clemson and MUSC. It has grown out of a desire for inter-institutional collaboration to enhance bioengineering research and education focused on clinical needs and develop economic opportunities in the engineering and technologies associated with healthcare delivery.

Our mission is to be a premier program in Bioengineering in South Carolina and the South-East US with a clinical, translational and entrepreneurial educational and research focus.

The program currently has seven full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty from Clemson working and teaching on the MUSC campus, with a full complement of state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities for graduate education in Bioengineering. The partnership continues to mature and flourish with 29 graduate students, one MS, six Master of Engineering, 22 Ph.D., and five postdoctoral fellows on-site in Charleston. Four faculty members are T-COHR mentors, and one is the COHR Director and T32 PI, Hai Yao. The unique opportunities for students in this program include clinical immersion, direct collaboration with clinicians and basic life sciences, and working and living in a premier healthcare and life sciences educational environment. Innovation and translational research are a particular focus of the program and the potential for healthcare economic development opportunities that may arise from the close interactions of engineers with clinicians.

The CU-MUSC Program in Bioengineering is poised for the next step in this exciting process of integrating bioengineering into medicine.


News and Events

Read about the latest advances in research and bioengineering with MUSC and Clemson University.

SC a Biomedical Research Hub

Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) loops in critical support from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). The new project is funded by a $3.18 million 401 grant from the NIDCR. Read more about the growing strength as a biomedical research hub (page 6).

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SREB Doctoral Scholars Named

LaToya McDonald, the student of Dr. Hai Yao, was selected by the Southern Regional Education Board as a 2021-2022 SREB - State Doctoral Scholar. McDonald studies human factors research toward the optimization of hospitalized patients' post-surgery ostomy care to reduce readmittance (page 9).

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AI Pilot Program

Clemson - MUSC Artificial Intelligence Pilot Program focuses on the combination of our biosensor data with thermal imaging via deep learning to build automated, quantitative wound scoring. This work, the subject of a recent SC INBRE Developmental Research Program award, focuses on applying these techniques to negative pressure wound therapy (page 14).

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