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Welcome to SBME

Welcome to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.  The mission of the Stephenson School is to educate the next generation of biomedical engineers and to create new technologies that advance human health.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE is Open Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.

Message from the Director

Michael Detamore

The Peggy and Charles Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) synergizes with the Gallogly College of Engineering, the Price College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and the regional bioscience industry, offering an unprecedented level of health care collaboration and discovery in Oklahoma. SBME is a showcase for OU, attracting top talent to the region that is invigorating health care research and innovation.

Our undergraduate program launched in Fall 2016, and our historic inaugural class graduated in Spring 2019. We have a successful and highly multidisciplinary graduate program that was established after a Whitaker Foundation grant in the late 1990s. SBME is in Gallogly Hall, which opened in 2019 as the newest building in the engineering quad on the main campus. We have assembled an excellent team of faculty who are focused on translational discoveries in healthcare areas including cancer, immunoengineering, brain injury and disease, regenerative medicine, and biomaterials.

Our strategic plan aligns with the College and OU strategic plans, with 3 pillars that can be concisely summarized as 1) Research, 2) Education, 3) Translation. It's an exciting growth period for the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and I am proud to serve as its director.

Michael Detamore, Ph.D. / Founding Director of Stephenson School of Biomedical 

Recent News

OU Biomedical Engineer Focuses on Restoring Movement After Stroke
University of Oklahoma biomedical engineer Yuan Yang, Ph.D., has received nearly $2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association to examine the impact of strokes and the movement impairments suffered by stroke patients.


Researchers Use Optical Imaging Technology to Evaluate Transplant Viability of Donor Kidneys
Each year more than 8,000 people die while waiting to receive a kidney transplant, many of whom have spent four or more years on donor waitlists, hoping for a miracle to arrive. These deaths occur due to a worldwide shortage of kidneys for transplantation because there is currently no reliable means to quickly and efficiently determine the viability of enough donor kidneys to meet the demand.


Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology Selects Funding Recipients
Four interdisciplinary biomedical research projects have been selected for funding through the 2022 IBEST-OUHSC Cross-Campus Program, a co-funding mechanism created to facilitate the development of multidisciplinary teams of OU Norman and OU Health Sciences Center faculty to compete for external funding on significant cross-disciplinary healthcare research topics. 


OU Biomedical Engineering Researcher is Ready to Transform TBI Surgery
In the United States, traumatic brain injury affects around 1.7 million people, with most of the injuries occurring in adolescents ages 15-19 and adults aged 65 and older. In 2020, over 64,000 TBI-related deaths were reported in the United States. 

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Recruiting Ph.D. and M.S. students for Fall 2024.  Applications are due December 15, 2023.  Apply now



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SBME Highlights:
Hiring of six or more endowed professors; the affiliated Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology has 16 faculty members 

Offering of Stephenson Graduate Research Fellowships exclusive to OU SBME students

Networking with industry: Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology-OCASTInnovation to Enterprise-i2E and the Oklahoma BioScience Association

Entrepreneurial culture: Connections with the OU Price College of Business, industry and physicians

Translational research in partnership with the OU Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Research strengths include cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, imaging, nanomedicine and musculoskeletal medicine

Founded in 2016 with $30 million in historic gifts from the Stephenson and Gallogly families

Construction of a new building, Gallogly Hall, which is serving as home to SBME faculty, staff, students and researchers

New construction on the fourth floor of Gallogly Hall began in 2021, and was completed in fall 2022.