Program Overview

Program Overview

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) jointly offer graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. The first class of doctoral students matriculated in Fall 2003, while students in the M.S. program began in Fall of 2007.

The primary objective of this Joint Graduate Program is to broadly train students in the principles of biomedical engineering so they are well prepared to participate in the develpment of new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

The program is designed to build on the scientific interactions and cooperation between the biomedical engineering and clinical scientists of the UTHSCSA and the engineering and basic science faculty at the UTSA. It is felt that this distinctive type of interdisciplinary research environment offers students the best opportunity to develop into well-rounded, competitive biomedical engineering professionals.

Many of the BME Program faculty on the UTSA campus are housed in the newly completed 220,000 square foot Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building, winner of the 2006 Education Design Showcase Award. A second 148,127 square foot building, Applied Engineering & Technology (AET) was completed in the fall of 2009. Current and new BME faculty have laboratory and office space in both buildings.

BME Enrollment

Degree Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014
Biomedical Engineering (BS-BME) 51 50 71 83
Biomedical Engineering (MS-BME) 23 22 35 39
Biomedical Engineering (PH D-BME) 39 31 29 29
Total 113 103 135 151


BME Graduation

Degree Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014
Biomedical Engineering (BS-BME) New Program 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering (MS-BME) 1 3 2 6
Biomedical Engineering (PH D-BME) 1 3 0 4
Total 2 6 2 10

Program Faculty

Core Faculty:

Sos Agaian, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA
Animesh Agarwal, M.D., Assoc. Prof., UTHSCSA
C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., Professor
Steven R. Bailey, M.D. Professor, UTHSC
Rena Bizios, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA
Philip Chen, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA
Geoffrey D. Clarke, Ph.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
Hai-Chao Han, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UTSA
Stephen E. Harris, Ph.D. Professor, UTHSCSA
Denes Marton, Ph.D., Instructor, UTHSCSA
Jack L. Lancaster, Ph.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
Marc Feldman, M.D., Assoc. Prof., UTHSCSA
Peter T. Fox, M.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
Artyom Grigoryan, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UTSA
Richard G. LeBaron, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., UTSA
H. Ralph Rawls, Ph.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
Dawnlee Roberson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UTSA
Eugene A. Sprague, Ph.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
Victor Sylvia, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., UTHSCSA
Xiaodu Wang, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., UTSA
Charles J. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA


Associate Faculty:

Bennett T. Amaechi, B,D,S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UTHSCSA
Arturo A. Ayon, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA
Ron Bagley, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA
Steven R. Bailey, M.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
David Carnes, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UTHSCSA
J. Keith Clutter, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UTSA
Fred Hudson, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., UTSA
Paul A Jerabek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UTHSCSA
David M. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UTSA
Merry L. Lindsey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UTHSCSA
Harry Millwater, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UTSA
Shalini Narayana, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, UTHSCSA
Barry Norling, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., UTHSCSA
Clyde Phelix, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., UTSA
Dhiraj Sardar, Ph.D., Professor, UTSA
Neera Satsangi, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UTHSCSA
Albert P. Shepherd, Ph.D., Professor, UTHSCSA
Yesh Singh, Ph.D., Prof., UTSA
Nicholas Walsh, M.D., Professor, UTHSCSA


The curriculum is designed to provide a synergistic combination of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, interactions with clinicians, and individualized biomedical engineering research experiences in the laboratories of the Biomedical Engineering faculty. All students are required to take core courses in the areas of Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bioelectronics/Imaging, and Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology and either Gross Human Anatomy or Human Physiology), as well as Analytic Techniques in Engineering Analysis, Ethics in Research, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, Supervised Teaching, and Introduction to Clinical Practices. In addition to the basic core curriculum, students are required to take additional coursework in their area of specialization. The required and selected courses are intended to focus and support the individual's mastery of his or her particular area of expertise. Throughout their graduate training, students have access to the bioengineering and biosciences laborotories at both UTHSCSA and UTSA. This provides a unique opportunity to have learning experiences in medical, dental, bioscience, and engineering environments.