Department of Biomedical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2018 Entry

Introduction


Biomedical Engineering research covers a variety of research activities to bridge the fast developing and innovative engineering technologies and the increasing needs of the medical and healthcare fields.

 

There are four main thematic research areas: 

 

  • Medical Imaging, Bioinstrumentation and Biosensing
  • Molecular and Cellular Engineering
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Science and Engineering
  • Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Engineering

 

 

Research Areas


Medical Imaging and Biosensing

This thematic research area aims to design and develop new biomedical imaging methods and devices, biosensors, screening methods and treatment approaches.

 

A key focus of this group is biomedical ultrasound instrumentation and application including 3D ultrasound imaging, ultrasound biomicroscopy, tissue elasticity imaging and measurement, photo-acoustic imaging, ultrasound tissue characterisation, ultrasound stimulation and ultrasound assessment of the heart, breast, liver, skin, tendon, muscle, cartilage, diabetic foot, etc.

 

Another key focus of this group is biomedical sensing, including the development of nano- and micro-biosensors, microfluidic devices, nanoporous membranes for sensing, microchips and micro- and smart-drug delivery devices.

 

We also develop wearable sensors for healthcare for motion and vital sign monitoring.

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Molecular and Cellular Engineering

This thematic research area aims to apply engineering principles and tools to study the fundamental problems at the cellular and molecular scales, thus enabling the understanding of cellular behaviour from molecular-level interactions, elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying a broad spectrum of diseases and tackling human health-related challenges.

 

We are dedicated to research fields involving cellular mechanics, cell micro-environment, cellular electrophysiology, biomaterials, nanotechnology for theranostics, imaging-guided stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine.

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Neuromusculoskeletal Science and Engineering

This research area encompasses various clinical and engineering sciences related to the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system.

 

The scope covers the molecular understanding of the pathologies associated with the NMS system and health protection against those disease and disabling processes; laboratory, imaging and functional assessment of the NMS system; acute and long-term therapeutics for NMS disorders; and assistive technologies for rehabilitation and enablement.

 

A major focus of this thematic area is to help develop healthcare technology that will support NMS health in the community.

 

Two research centres under BME are directly associated with this theme:

  • Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Bioengineering (RCMBE)
  • Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre

 

This research grouping has long-standing collaborations with a number of world-class programmes overseas as well as with the two medical faculties in the universities of Hong Kong.

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Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Engineering

Prosthetics and orthotics aim to improve the condition and function of people with disabilities and thus enhance their quality of life.

 

The scope covers the design of prosthetic components and interfaces, control of prostheses, smart orthotic devices, management of foot problems, stroke, cerebral palsy, scoliosis and other spinal deformities, outcome measures of prosthetic and orthotic interventions, CAD-CAM applications, evidence-based practice and other engineering and clinical aspects of prosthetics and orthotics.

 

Rehabilitation engineering applies existing or emerging technologies for improving the independence and productivity of persons with disabilities. The Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre has offered direct expert services to the disabled and rehabilitation communities since 1987. Many research projects have been developed, namely environmental control and monitoring systems, special seating and mobility devices, augmentative and alternative communication devices, therapeutic training systems and robotic devices.

 

This research team has long-term collaborations with locally and internationally renowned research teams.

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Research Facilities


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Supporting Documents


Academic Referee's Report Form

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Curriculum Vitae

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Employer's Recommendation

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Personal Statement

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Research Proposal Form

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Transcript / Certificate

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