Faculty Courses

The faculty of the Bioimaging Sciences division conduct several courses as a part of a curriculum within the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, and Biological & Biomedical Sciences. Below is the list of courses conducted by faculty of Bioimaging Sciences within the academic year.  

Spring 2009

Biomedical Engineering II

Course Number: BENG 352 / EENG352
Faculty: James Duncan, Fahmeed Hyder

Overview: In conjunction with BENG 351a, a comprehensive introduction to the field of biomedical engineering. Topics include biosignals, medical imaging, mathematical modeling of biosystems, and biomechanics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 180a and 181b, MATH 115a or b, and ENAS 194a or b. 

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory

Course Number: BENG 355
Faculty: Lawrence Staib

Overview:  This one credit full year course is an introduction to experimental techniques covering a range of topics in Biomedical Engineering, including:

  • biosignals: instrumentation, signal processing, ECG, nerve & muscle excitation, control systems
  • mass transfer: dialysis, respiratory system, digestion
  • medical imaging: ionizing radiation, microscopy, gamma camera, nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasound, image processing

to give hands-on experience with engineering tools used to study quantitative life sciences problems. Laboratories are designed to give familiarity with instrumentation and procedures for bioengineering research, including data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. This course is intended for junior biomedical engineering students.

Physics of Medical Imaging

Course Number: BENG 421 / ENAS 821
Faculty: R. Todd Constable

Overview:  This course introduces the physics behind most of the common medical imaging modalities including x-ray, ultrasound, CT, PET, SPECT, optical imaging and MRI. There is emphasis on the physics of MR in this course as this is an active area of research for many Professors at Yale. Some math is required, Fourier Transform theory is helpful, but it will be reviewed in the course. The course consists mostly of lectures with 2 take-home assignments, 3 written assignments, and 2 exams.  The course will provide the student with a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the different imaging modalities, what areas are still being developed, and the key applications of each modality.

Fundamentals of Neuroimaging

Course Number: BENG 485 / ENAS 585
Faculty: Fahmeed Hyder, Douglas Rothman

Overview: The neuroenergetic and neurochemical basis of several dominant neuroimaging methods, including fMRI. Topics include technical aspects of different methods, interpretation of results, and controversies or challenges regarding the application of fMRI and related methods in medicine.

Biomedical Data Analysis

Course Number: BENG 449 / ENAS 549
Faculty: Richard Carson

Overview: Introduction to the analysis of biological and medical data associated with applications of biomedical engineering. Provides basics of statistics and analytical approaches for determination of quantitative biological parameters from experimental data.

Special Projects

Course Number: BENG 472
Faculty: James Duncan

Overview: Faculty-supervised individual or small-group projects with emphasis on research (laboratory or theory), engineering design, or tutorial study. Students are expected to consult the director of undergraduate studies and appropriate faculty members about ideas and suggestions for suitable topics. This course is usually taken during the spring term of the senior year but with permission of the director of undergraduate studies can be taken any time during a student's career, and may be taken more than once.
Permission of both the instructor and the director of undergraduate studies is required.


Fall 2008

Physical and Chemical Basis of Bioimaging and Biosensing

Course Number: BENG 410 / ENAS 510
Faculty: Douglas Rothman, Frederick Sigworth, Richard Carson

Overview: Basic principles and technologies for sensing the chemical, electrical, and structural properties of living tissues and of biological macromolecules. Topics include magnetic resonance spectroscopy, microelectrodes, fluorescent probes, chip-based biosensors, X-ray and electron tomography, and MRI.

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory

Course Number: BENG 355
Faculty: Lawrence Staib

Overview: This one credit full year course is an introduction to experimental techniques covering a range of topics in Biomedical Engineering, including:

  • biosignals: instrumentation, signal processing, ECG, nerve & muscle excitation, control systems
  • mass transfer: dialysis, respiratory system, digestion
  • medical imaging: ionizing radiation, microscopy, gamma camera, nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasound, image processing

to give hands-on experience with engineering tools used to study quantitative life sciences problems. Laboratories are designed to give familiarity with instrumentation and procedures for bioengineering research, including data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. This course is intended for junior biomedical engineering students.

Special Projects

Course Number: BENG 472
Faculty: James Duncan

Overview: Faculty-supervised individual or small-group projects with emphasis on research (laboratory or theory), engineering design, or tutorial study. Students are expected to consult the director of undergraduate studies and appropriate faculty members about ideas and suggestions for suitable topics. This course is usually taken during the spring term of the senior year but with permission of the director of undergraduate studies can be taken any time during a student's career, and may be taken more than once. Permission of both the instructor and the director of undergraduate studies is required.

Seminar in Biomedical Engineering

Course Number: BENG 480 / ENAS 580


Overview: Oral presentations and written reports by students analyzing papers from scientific journals on topics of interest in biomedical engineering, including discussions and advanced seminars from faculty on selected subjects.

Biomedical Image Processing & Analysis

Course Number: BENG 445, EENG 445, ENAS 912
Faculty: James Duncan, Lawrence Staib

Overview: A study of the basic computational principles related to processing an analysis of biomedical images (e.g., magnetic resonance, computed X-ray tomography, fluorescence microscopy). Basic concepts and techniques related to discrete image representation, multidimensional frequency transforms, image enhancement/restoration, image segmentation, and image registration.

Physics of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Vivo

Course Number: ENAS 825
Faculty: Graeme Mason, Robin de Graaf

Overview: The physics of chemical measurements performed with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, with special emphasis on applications to measurements studies in living tissue. Concepts that are common to magnetic resonance imaging are introduced. Topics include safety, equipment design, techniques of spectroscopic data analysis, and metabolic modeling of dynamic spectroscopic measurements.

Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Course Number: ENAS 580 / BENG 480
Faculty: Xenophon Papademetris

Overview: Tutorial seminars illustrating applications of physics and engineering to biomedical problems. Students are required to attend the seminars, to do the readings assigned after each seminar, to ask questions, and to participate in the discussions. Four to five short papers are required on issues arising from selected topics. The final papers may be presented to the rest of the class.

Special Investigations

Course Number: ENAS 990

Overview: Faculty-supervised individual projects with emphasis on research, laboratory, or theory. Students must define the scope of the proposed project with the faculty member who has agreed to act as supervisor, and submit a brief abstract to the director of graduate studies for approval.