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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 CLOSED until further notice.

Message from the Director

Michael Detamore

The Peggy and Charles Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering ties together OU’s Gallogly College of Engineering, the OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the OU College of Arts and Sciences, the Price College of Business 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, 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, brain injury and disease, and musculoskeletal medicine.

It's an exciting time in the life of the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and I am extremely proud to serve as its director.

- Michael Detamore, Director of SBME

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


    Open Positions

    Endowed Chair positions in cancer at Associate/Full Professor level, and Assistant Professor positions with emphasis on neural engineering.

    Undergraduate Summer Research

    The BME Summer Scholars Program will be accepting applications beginning Feb 1st 2020  from undergraduate students interested in hands-on training and experience in biomedical research laboratories.

    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 will serve as home to SBME faculty, staff, students and researchers