Biomedical engineering

Engineers are capable of deploying analytical tools to interpret complex datasets, modeling interconnected systems capturing multiscale behaviors, and inventing new technologies improving their environment. Over the last decades, the field of biomedical engineering progressively emerged next to more traditional segments of engineering. Biomedical engineers implement their analytical, modeling, and inventiveness skills to projects involving living systems, like humans. They can develop tools to interpret large medical image datasets. They can also build up models capturing complex human behaviors and simulating pathologies. They can further design advanced technologies to better treat cancers and to provide robot-assisted neuro rehabilitation. In short, they contribute to providing better diagnosis and treatment tools for improving the quality of life of a large panel of patients.

The series of videos below paints a picture of UCLouvain's biomedical engineering graduates. These talented engineers tell us about their work on the boundary between engineering and life science.

Aurélie works for a start-up, where she contributes to the development of neurostimulators to treat pathologies including epilepsy.


Christine also works for a start-up, where she develops tools to facilitate surgical operations, including support for 3D printing. She tells us how implants custom-printed by her company find their way into the operating theatre.


Gaëtan and Lauriane both work for a company developing a revolutionary technology for treating cancer by bombarding tumours while preserving the healthy tissue around them as far as possible.




Alice, meanwhile, has travelled round the world to complete a doctorate in Australia. Her doctoral project aims to develop a new cardiac prosthesis using innovative materials.


There are also biomedical engineers who work directly in hospitals. Leila is one of them. She tells us about her work as a medical technology expert in a Montreal hospital.


Finally, all these technologies can only benefit patients if they have been approved via an elaborate procedure. Rémi talks about his contribution to this process and how it directly affects the patients he works with.