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Institute for Biomedical Engineering

Professor Mitchell Schaffler, Director • Institute Office: Steinman 401 • Tel: 212-650-6707

The CUNY Institute for Biomedical Engineering, or New York Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE), is a consortium of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College and several of the prominent health care institutions in New York City. It was formed in 1994 with the support of the Whitaker Foundation.

A unique feature of this effort is that it involves a synergistic cooperation between the nation’s largest urban public university and a consortium of highly endowed, world-class private medical institutions. The current consortium in the NYCBE consists of the Grove School of Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at CCNY, the CUNY Graduate School, and a citywide network of collaborators at most of the premier health care institutions in New York City, where CCNY undergraduate and graduate students are actively engaged in research.

Our current NYCBE partners are:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Cardiovascular Research Foundation

  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Hospital for Special Surgery

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • New York University School of Medicine

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University

The NYCBE has an internationally recognized faculty of more than 30 researchers (from CUNY and eight affiliated institutions) in the areas of arterial fluid mechanics and transport, cartilage and ligament mechanics, tissue-biomaterial interaction, microvascular exchange, bone remodeling, renal modeling, quantitative image analysis for diagnostic pathology, biomedical signal processing and instrumentation, pattern recognition and vision. The outstanding quality and diversity of the faculty are reflected in their society affiliations, membership on select panels of the National Institutes of Health, National Research Council, NASA, and editorships and associate editorships of major journals. The faculty have won many of the most prestigious awards and honors in fields related to biomedical engineering, including election to the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Presidential Professor Mitchell Schaffler is the director of the NYCBE.


In addition to the Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty listed in the previous section of this Bulletin, the NYCBE faculty includes more than thirty members from CCNY and its affiliated institutions. With the rapid growth of Biomedical Engineering research and development in New York City, the NYCBE members list is rapidly evolving. Please see the NYCBE link on the CCNY Biomedical Engineering website for the most up-to-date list of NYCBE members.