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Bio Engineering FacilityThe Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Michigan State University was established in January 2015.  A new PhD program within the Department of Biomedical Engineering began matriculating its first graduate student in the Fall of 2016.  

Dr. Christopher Contag, a pioneer in molecular imaging, joined MSU as the inaugural chairperson of the new BME department in the College of Engineering in September 2016.

The department is housed in the new state of the art Bio Engineering Facility.  The opening of the 130,000-square-foot facility marked the start of a new era of scientific research at MSU.  The facility is located on the south side of campus and brings together engineers and basic science researchers with medical researchers to help solve some of the world's biggest challenges.  The facility's laboratory space is designed to integrate bench experiemnts and computational analysis to allow a systems appropch to biomedical research, as well as space for an on-site imaging facility.  

Dr. Contag is also the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at MSU.  The institute is a collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine, and Natural Science.  IQ is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to basic and applied research at the interface of life sciences, engineering, information science and other physical and mathematical sciences.