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Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Biological and Biomedical Engineering (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

Offered by: Biological & Biomedical Engr     Degree: Master of Engineering

Program Requirements

The M.Eng. in Biological and Biomedical Engineering; Non-Thesis program focuses on the life sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering, industrial practices and processes, and data science related to areas such as biological products, biomedical devices, and medical imaging. Hands-on experience through projects carried out during internships.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • BBME 681 Internship 1 (9 credits)

    Offered by: Biological & Biomedical Engr (Interfaculty Studies)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    BBME : An internship/research project (minimum 360 hours) related to the practice of Biological and Biomedical Engineering supervised by a practitioner in the biological and biomedical engineering field within an industrial or institutional research centre environment.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kamen, Amine; Jardon, Mario; Hoesli, Corinne; Sudalaiyadum Perumal, Ayyappasamy; Ignea, Codruta; Chen, Guojun; Haldavnekar, Rupa (Fall)

    • Restriction: Only open to students registered in the M.Eng. in Biological and Biomedical Engineering; Non-Thesis program.

    • Students will be supervised by a BBME faculty member and co-supervised by a qualified supervisor from the host organization.

  • BBME 682 Internship 2 (9 credits)

    Offered by: Biological & Biomedical Engr (Interfaculty Studies)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    BBME : An internship/research project (minimum 360 hours) related to the practice of Biological and Biomedical Engineering supervised by a practitioner in the biological and biomedical engineering field within an industrial or institutional research centre environment.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Hoesli, Corinne; Jardon, Mario; Sudalaiyadum Perumal, Ayyappasamy; Ignea, Codruta; Chen, Guojun (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Only open to students registered in the M.Eng. in Biological and Biomedical Engineering; Non-Thesis program.

    • This course may be completed in the same organization and under the same supervisor as BBME 681 to consolidate professional knowledge and experience, or in another institution to broaden professional experience and knowledge.

    • Students will be supervised by a BBME faculty member and co-supervised by a qualified supervisor from the host organization.

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

Minimum of 12 credits must come from the core courses listed below. At least 6 credits must be chosen from the "quantitative" courses listed below:

Quantitative Core Courses:

  • BIEN 510 Engineered Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of biomedical uses of nanotechnology. Emphasis on emerging nanotechnologies and biomedical applications including nanomaterials, nanoengineering, nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems, nano-based imaging and diagnostic systems, nanotoxicology and immunology, and translating nanomedicine into clinical investigation.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kinsella, Matt; Sudalaiyadum Perumal, Ayyappasamy (Fall)

  • BIEN 530 Imaging and Bioanalytical Instrumentation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Microscopy techniques with application to biology and medicine. Practical introduction to optics and microscopy from the standpoint of biomedical research. Discussion of recent literature; hands-on experience. Topics include: optics, contrast techniques, advanced microscopy, and image analysis.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Hendricks, Adam (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • (3-1-5)

  • BIEN 550 Biomolecular Devices (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Fundamentals of motor proteins in neuronal transport, force generation e.g. in muscles, cell motility and division. A survey of recent advances in using motor proteins to power nano fabricated devices. Principles of design and operation; hands-on-experience in building a simple device.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Hendricks, Adam (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • (3-1-5)

  • BIEN 560 Design of Biosensors (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Introduction into the motivation of analytical biosensors as well as its fundamental physicochemical challenges. Techniques used to design, fabricate and operate biosensors. Specific applications.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Wachsmann Hogiu, Sebastian (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

    • 1. (3-2-4)

  • BIEN 570 Active Mechanics in Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Introduction to the role of active forces, e.g. cell and tissue contraction, in the mechanics of biological systems. Review of passive and actively driven viscoelastic systems and momentum transport underlying the material properties of biology. The course involves a literature survey and a team project application.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Ehrlicher, Allen (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

    • 1. (3-2-4)

  • BIEN 590 Cell Culture Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Basic principles of cell culture engineering, cell line development and cell culture products; genomics, proteomics and post-translational modifications; elements of cell physiology for medium design and bioprocessing; bioreactor design, scale-up for animal cell culture and single use equipment; challenges in downstream processing of cell-culture derived products; process intensification: fed-batch, feeding strategies and continuous manufacturing; scale-down and process modeling; Process Analytical technologies and Quality by Design (QbD) concept.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Jardon, Mario (Fall) Jardon, Mario; Kamen, Amine (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

  • BMDE 502 BME Modelling and Identification (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Methodologies in systems or distributed multidimensional processes. System themes include parametric vs. non-parametric system representations; linear/non-linear; noise, transients and time variation; mapping from continuous to discrete models; and relevant identification approaches in continuous and discrete time formulations.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisites: Undergraduate basic statistics and: either BMDE 519, or Signals and Systems (e.g., ECSE 303 & ECSE 304) or equivalent

  • BMDE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : The principles and practice of making biological measurements in the laboratory, including theory of linear systems, data sampling, computer interfaces and electronic circuit design.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Wagner, Ross (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisite: Experience with differential equations, in particular Laplace Transforms and complex numbers (e.g. MATH 263 or MATH 381 or equivalent) or permission of instructor.

  • BMDE 512 Finite-Element Modelling in Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : General principles of quantitative modelling; types of models; principles of the finite-element method, primarily as applied to mechanical systems; introduction to the use of finite-element software; model generation from imaging data; modelling various material types, mainly biological; model validation.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Funnell, Robert (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisite: Differential equations (MATH 271 or equivalent) or permission of instructor

  • BMDE 519 Biomedical Signals and Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : An introduction to the theoretical framework, experimental techniques and analysis procedures available for the quantitative analysis of physiological systems and signals. Lectures plus laboratory work using the Biomedical Engineering computer system. Topics include: amplitude and frequency structure of signals, filtering, sampling, correlation functions, time and frequency-domain descriptions of systems.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kearney, Robert E (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisites: Satisfactory standing in U3 Honours Physiology; or U3 Major in Physics-Physiology; or U3 Major Physiology-Mathematics; or permission of instructor

  • BMDE 520 Machine Learning for Biomedical Data (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Theoretical and practical course in machine learning applied to the expanding richness of biomedical data, including multidimensional biomedical measurements centring on high-resolution body imaging and whole-genome common variant genetics.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Bzdok, Danilo (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 203, MATH 223, MATH 323, and one course in computer programming (or equivalent background with permission of instructor).

    • Additional background in Calculus and Probability is recommended, e.g. MATH 222 and MATH 204, but not required.

  • BMDE 610 Functional Neuroimaging Fusion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Biomedical engineering: Multimodal data fusion of electrophysiology and functional neuroimaging data, including: detailed description of source localization methods for Electro- and MagnetoEncephaloGraphy data, analysis of brain hemodynamic activity through simultaneous recordings with electrophysiology, analysis and reconstruction of Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy data, modeling of the neurovascular coupling,validation methodology.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Grova, Christophe (Winter)

  • BMDE 660 Advanced MR Imaging and Spectroscopy of the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Advanced magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques to investigate the structure, connectivity, chemistry and physiology of the brain, including data acquisition and reconstruction techniques, scanner hardware, and contrast mechanisms. Focus on neuroscience applications.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Tardif, Christine; Rudko, David (Winter)

  • MDPH 607 Medical Imaging (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medical Physics Unit (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Medical Physics : This course is concerned with the principles of medical imaging as applied to conventional diagnostic radiography, X-ray computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The course emphasizes a linear system approach to the formation, processing, and display of medical images.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Levesque, Ives (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open only to students registered in Medical Physics or Biological & Biomedical Engineering programs; permission of instructor for other students.

Non-Quantitative Core Courses:

  • BIEN 535 Electron Microscopy and 3D Imaging for Biological Materials (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Introduction to electron microscopy and 3D imaging. Dual-beam microscopy (FIB-SEM, or focused ion beam – scanning electron microscope); conventional and cryogenic preparation methods for biological materials. Complementary methods such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray tomography, atom probe tomography. 3D image processing and analysis, and the fundamentals of deep learning in imaging.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Reznikov, Natalie (Winter)

    • 3-3-3

    • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

    • Restrictions: Open to undergraduate (U3 or higher) and graduate students. Priority is given to bioengineering U3 undergraduate students.

  • BIEN 540 Information Storage and Processing in Biological Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Storage and processing of information in biological systems, both natural and artificially-created, ranging from biomolecules, cells, and populations of cells. Information storage in DNA and DNA computation; molecular surfaces of proteins; computation with motile biological agents in networks; and biological and biologically-inspired algorithms.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Coulombe-Huntington, Jasmin (Winter)

    • (3-2-4)

  • BIEN 580 Synthetic Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    BIEN : Engineering principles in biology, BioBricks and standardization of biological components, parts registries, advanced molecular biology tools for DNA assembly, genome editing, high-throughput genetic manipulation methods, construction of biological pathways, strategies for transcriptional control, examples of engineered systems.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Ignea, Codruta (Winter)

    • Restriction: Permission of instructor

    • 1. (3-2-4)

  • BIEN 680 Bioprocessing of Vaccines (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioengineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    BIEN : Building on recent developments and expansion in the mammalian cell culture for production of complex biologics such as viral vaccines and viral vectors, the following topics will be covered: Principles of immunology and industrial virology; Cell physiology for vaccine production; Cell lines for vaccine production; Upstream process development and process intensification strategies; Purification and downstream processing of viral vaccines; Analytical and potency assays; Formulations and delivery of vaccines; Basics of clinical trials and regulatory principles; Immunization policies. Case studies on bioprocessing/manufacturing licensed vaccines.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Jardon, Mario (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

  • BMDE 501 Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : An overview of how techniques from engineering and the physical sciences are applied to the study of selected physiological systems and biological signals. Using specific biological examples, systems will be studied using: signal or finite-element analysis, system and identification, modelling and simulation, computer control of experiments and data acquisition.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Bzdok, Danilo (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)

  • BMDE 504 Biomaterials and Bioperformance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Biological and synthetic biomaterials, medical devices, and the issues related to their bioperformance. The physicochemical characteristics of biomaterials in relation to their biocompatibility and sterilization.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Tabrizian, Maryam (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Restriction: Graduate and final-year undergraduate students from physical, biological and medical science, and engineering

  • BMDE 505 Cell and Tissue Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Application of the principles of engineering, physical, and biological sciences to modify and create cells and tissues for therapeutic applications will be discussed, as well as the industrial perspective and related ethical issues.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Prakash, Satya (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)

    • 1.5 hours lecture/1.5 hours seminar per week

    • Restriction: graduate and final year undergraduate students from physical, biological, and medical science, and engineering.

  • BMDE 508 Introduction to Micro and Nano-Bioengineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : The micro and nanotechnologies that drive and support the miniaturization and parallelization of techniques for life sciences research, including different inventions, designs and engineering approaches that lead to new tools and methods for the life sciences - while transforming them - and help advance our knowledge of life.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Juncker, David (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • This course is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students having a biological/medical background or an engineering, physical sciences background. Engineering students enrolled in the Minor in Biomedical Engineering, or Honours in Electrical Engineering and Honours in Mechanical Engineering, should be particularly interested.

  • BMDE 510 Topics in Astrobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Introduction to astrobiology, defined as the scientific study of the origin, evolution, distribution and destiny of life in the universe. Includes interdisciplinary lectures in prebiotic chemistry, extremophilic microorganisms, analog sites, habitability, astrodynamics, experimental facilities and instrumentation for space experiments and missions, and recent results from orbital and lander missions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • BMDE 525D1 Design of Assistive Technologies: Principles and Praxis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : This is an interdisciplinary, project-based course, centred around a design project in which small teams of students work closely with a person with a disability in the Montreal area to design a device, piece of equipment, app, or other solution that reduces their experience of disability.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Students must also register for BMDE 525D2

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both BMDE 525D1 and BMDE 525D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken BMDE 625D1/D2. Not open to students in Physical and Occupational Therapy.

  • BMDE 525D2 Design of Assistive Technologies: Principles and Praxis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : See BMDE 525D1 for description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: BMDE 525D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both BMDE 525D1 and BMDE 525D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • BMDE 650 Advanced Medical Imaging (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Review of advanced techniques in medical imaging including: fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, MR angiography and quantitative flow measurement, spiral and dynamic x-ray computed tomography, 2D/3D positron emission tomography (PET), basic PET physiology, tracer kinetics, surgical planning and guidance, functional and anatomical brain mapping, 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging, and medical image processing.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Collins, Louis (Winter)

  • BMDE 651 Orthopaedic Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Science and technology related to implants used for various orthopaedic reconstructive procedures, with emphasis on artificial hip and knee joint prostheses.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor.

  • BMDE 654 Biomedical Regulatory Affairs - Medical Devices (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biomedical Engineering : Regulatory strategies and quality management systems are critical for medical device development. This course provides an overview of regulatory requirements, and familiarize students with the important ISO and IEC standards pertaining to medical device development. This course will provide biomedical engineers with an understanding of the regulatory and quality requirements to translate a medical device idea into a commercial product, and will draw upon the expertise of invited speakers currently working in the medical devices industry.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Kroo, Danny (Fall)

The remaining 12 credits of complementary courses must come from core or non-core complementary courses chosen from BBME courses or from other courses, a the 500 level or higher. At least 6 of the 12 credits must have both life sciences content and content from the physical sciences, engineering or computer science. The selection of courses must have the prior written approval of the Graduate Program Director.

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