Apr 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering Department

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Chairperson: Daniel Engebretson, Ph.D.
Director of GEAR Center
4800 N. Career Ave. , Suite 221
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: 605-367-7763



Daniel Engebretson, Biological Sensing and In Vitro Diagnostics.

Associate Professor:

Ying Deng, Bioactive Materials and Bionanotechnology in Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery; Engineering Biomaterials and Alternative Cell Sources for Biomedical Applications.

Assistant Professors:

Zhongkui Hong, Biomechanics in vascular disease; Biomechanics in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; Vascular tissue engineering; Biomedical signal in disease.
Hongli Sun, Stem Cells and Gene Therapy, Molecular Mechanisms of Cell-Materials Interaction, Development of Novel 3D Porous Degradable Scaffold/ Hydrogel, Bio-mimicking Biomaterials and Controlled Drug Release for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

Research Assistant Professors:

Carol Lushbough, Bioinformatics.
Etienne Z. Gnimpieba, Bioinformatics and Data Integration in Life Sciences.


Biomedical Engineering, B.S.


Integrated Science, A.S.


Regulatory Affairs
Laboratory Science

Biomedical engineering (BME) focuses upon the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the development and delivery of health-care technologies. The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems and may work in either direction, applying the patterns of living organisms to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health.

Faculty in the University of South Dakota’s Biomedical Engineering program focus on developing materials that are used as vehicles for drug delivery, to control biofilm formation, as scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and biological sensors.  Faculty also use bioinformatics to elucidate biochemical signaling pathways and biomechanics to investigate disease progression.   The program was developed to be positioned at the interface between academic research and commercialization. Faculty members routinely interact with small and large businesses to identify market opportunities for products that emerge from their research. This presents unique opportunities for students in the program to explore the full gamut of research, development, and ultimately commercialization.

The Biomedical Engineering Program is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the GEAR (Graduate Education & Applied Research) Center, 4800 N. Career Ave., Suite 221.


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see College of Arts & Sciences  for college/school level scholarships.



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