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About the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology

The University of Oklahoma Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (IBEST) spans research and education activities in bioscience and biomedical engineering on the Norman and Oklahoma City campuses.

A Glance at OUBC

Faculty from the lead departments -- School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering -- work with bioscientists and bioengineers from the OU Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City and OU College of Arts and Sciences in Norman.

The expansion of the IBEST into the new Peggy and Charles Stephenson Research and Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility on OU's Research Campus South, will provide students with an exciting multidisciplinary environment.

Students may select either a degree objective from traditional areas of engineering with a biomedical engineering option or an interdisciplinary degree program in biomedical engineering. Individuals with exceptional academic records may choose to pursue the M.D.-Ph.D. in conjunction with the OU Medical School. Available coursework provides a solid base of knowledge in biomedical engineering as well as the opportunity to select from a wide range of topics of current interest. Thesis and dissertation projects for graduate students typically involve active collaboration with scientists and physicians at the OU Medical Center to provide a challenging and rewarding research experience.


1. provide interdisciplinary training of the highest quality to the next generation of biomedical engineers and scientists,

2. serve as a catalyst for innovative interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of biology, engineering and medicine, and

3. be the platform through which new discoveries in biomedical sciences and engineering are translated into clinical technologies and therapies for the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.