Connecting with students is the key to conveying your message and establishing a trust that in turn promotes more confident learning. Dr. Murfee’s goal is to enable students to translate fundamental engineering approaches to understanding physiologic systems and medical problems.


BMEN 231/ENGP 231Product and Experimental Design

The objective of this course is to introduce young engineering students to the design process as they are starting their engineering studies. Through team projects geared toward translating bench research into product development, students will be challenged to begin thinking critically and applying physical fundamentals to complex systems. Weekly lectures will highlight phases of the design process, including problem identification, conceptual design, and early prototyping. Additionally, in the context of product and experimental design, students will gain experience with computer aided design and be provided an introduction to statistics.

BMEN 330/730 Biomechanics

The objective of this course is to introduce the principles of continuum mechanics in the context of biological systems. The course will review the fundamentals of statics, strength of materials, and fluid mechanics culminating in the introduction viscoelastic models to describe constitutive behavior of hard and soft tissues. In order to emphasize the importance of understanding fundamental biomechanical principles, lectures will be designed to highlight how these fundamentals relate to studying the function and adaptation of living tissues at the tissue, cellular and molecular scales.

BMEN 640 Vascular Bioengineering

The objectives of this graduate-level course are to familiarize students with contemporary research areas that cover the field of vascular biology, and to provide an understanding of bioengineering principles related to physiological function and therapeutic modalities. Example topics include smooth muscle cell and endothelial cell lineage, leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions, angiogenesis, drug targeting via the microcirculation, neural vascular control, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. These topics will be presented in the context of four over-arching sections: 1) Vascular Cell Biology; 2) Principles of Vascular Function and Design; 3) Vascular Pathophysiology, and 4) Therapeutic Design. For each section of the course students will be required to read, critically analyze, and present relevant articles. As indicated by the section titles, the course will culminate by highlighting how our basic understanding of physiological function/dysfunction can be translated to therapeutic design.