The Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program is the manifestation of a rapidly growing educational and research partnership between Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) dedicated to excellence in education and interdisciplinary bioengineering research and the clinical translation of its outcomes.


Delphine Dean, Ph.D.
Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor and Chair
Department of Bioengineering
Clemson University

Jeremy L. Gilbert, Ph.D., F.B.S.E.
Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair for Regenerative Medicine
Professor of Bioengineering, Clemson University
Professor of Orthopaedics, Medical University of South Carolina

Program Mission

The goal of this collaborative program is to bridge the physical, engineering, and computational sciences with the biomedical and life sciences to enable:

  1. Research leading to understanding fundamental biological and disease processes.
  2. Application of engineering and physical science principles to biological systems.
  3. Advances in healthcare and biomedical technologies through multidisciplinary and translational research.
  4. Education and training of a highly competent and resourceful biomedical engineering workforce for the future.

History & Development

To cement and provide a thrust to a long-ongoing dialogue and collaborations between bioengineers at Clemson and the basic scientists and clinicians at the MUSC, the Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program, a research, and training program, was established in the Fall of 2003 based on a formal agreement between the two institutions. Since its inception, the program has grown to comprise seven primary faculty from Clemson University, who are permanently located and conduct their research on the MUSC campus, and twenty-six basic MUSC science and clinical faculty who hold program faculty appointments. In addition, there are twenty-nine graduate students, one MS, six Master of Engineering, 22 Ph.D., and five postdoctoral fellows on-site in Charleston. As a result, bioengineering research and education collaborations have been established in ten departments and colleges at MUSC in areas involving cancer, heart disease, neuroscience, orthopedics, rehabilitation, dental and craniofacial applications, ophthalmology, surgery, and pharmacology.