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BMIL Student Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Imaging Training Program

Students in Dr. Wilson's laboratory have the opportunity to participate in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Imaging Training Program. Other funding opportunities are available, as well.

The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Imaging Training Program prepares predoctoral trainees to become leaders in organism-level, biomedical imaging research. Multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, physicists, biologists, and clinicians are required to advance biomedical imaging, especially with the advent of in vivo cellular and molecular imaging. We train the next generation of interdisciplinary biomedical imaging scientists and engineers who will contribute to and lead such teams. Our training program builds upon recent research infrastructure awards and institutional investments totaling approximately $37M in biomedical imaging. In addition to the creation of state-of-the-art imaging facilities, the number of imaging faculty members has increased from 3 in 1999 to 20.

Trainees are able to use new imaging facilities in the Case Small Animal Imaging Research Center, which includes 4 MRIs, micro-SPECT/CT, micro-PET, 3 bioluminescence, in vivo fluorescence, and cryo-imaging. Predoctoral trainees are from the highly-rated departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physics, both of which have a long history of training in biomedical imaging. Trainees conduct research projects combining enabling technologies in imaging with biomedical research.

Each trainee has a primary mentor who specializes in enabling technologies, or applications, and one or more co-mentors who specialize in biomedical research. A steering committee, realistic rules, and a student portfolio ensure suitable research experiences. A comprehensive educational program includes a portfolio of imaging courses, including Cellular and Molecular Imaging and Interdisciplinary Imaging Discovery Group, a new course specially designed for interdisciplinary education. We promote a culture of interdisciplinary research in a series of diverse activities during a designated weekly Imaging Hour. This training grant helps ensure training of PhD's in this area of critical need.


BMIL Coursework

Students in the BMIL laboratory take a variety of courses within the BME department and with other departments such as computer science, statistics, physiology, physics, and mathematics. Coursework supplements and augments the research portion of the degree. The course requirements are given on the Graduate Degree Program website and in the Graduate Handbook. In addition to the BME Graduate core courses, a sampling of classes taken by BMIL graduate students are:

  • EBME 410: Medical Imaging Fundamentals
  • EBME 461: Biomedical Image Processing
  • EBME/PHYS 431: Physics of MRI
  • EBME 462: Cellular and Molecular Imaging
  • STAT 412: Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • EBME/PHYS 460: Advanced Topics in NMR Imaging
  • MATH 475: Mathmatics of Industry in Imaging and Medicine
  • ANAT 412/413: Histology and Ultrastructure, Laboratory Practium
  • PHOL 432: Cell Structure and Function
  • EECS 405: Data Structures & Files
  • EECS 484/487: Computational Intelligence I/II
  • EECS 531: Computer Vision


Applying to Case BME

Please visit the BME Graduate Admissions Website. Interested students are encouraged to apply.