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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 4 pillars that can be concisely summarized as 1) Research, 2) Education, 3) Translation, and 4) Diversity/Equity/Inclusion. 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 

Excellence in Biomedical Engineering Research

The University of Oklahoma, as one of three key institutes, has been awarded $6M over the next four years by the National Science Foundation to build research infrastructure in the areas of brain science and neural engineering within the State of Oklahoma, as well as with other collaborative institutes from Rhode Island and Kentucky. The project is titled as “Innovative, Broadly Accessible Tools for Brain Imaging, Decoding and Modulation.” Read more.

Recent News

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    Recruiting Ph.D. and M.S. students for Fall 2023.  Applications due December 15, 2022.  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.