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BioMaterials (BioMAT)

L. Corté F. Rannou R. Allena
Mines ParisTech
Univ. Paris Descartes
Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Biomaterials research and development currently not only encompasses, but extends far beyond the field of prosthetics design. Remarkable opportunities for the biomedical field have emerged from the recent progress in the understanding, characterization, and manipulation of biological materials. Design, control, and modelling of biological, bio-sourced, biocompatible, and biomimetic materials are central to numerous biomedical innovations ranging from therapeutic approaches in the field of regenerative medicine to industrial processes.

The BioMAT track provides scientists, engineers, and medical students with the wherewithal to face the numerous challenges of biomaterials R&D; how to apply their skills in order to solve specific biomedical problems, how to carry out innovative and fruitful research with the appropriate methods and ethical considerations, how to collaborate and interact in projects at the interface among materials, biomedical science, and medicine. It is accessible to engineering and life-science students (materials science, physics, chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and biology) preparing for career paths in academic research or industrial R&D environments.

The program provides students in-depth knowledge of the understanding and use of biomaterials, from nanoscale biomolecules, such as proteins, lipids, and synthetic polymers to macroscale prostheses, orthesis, and implants. This education relies on a rich combination of high-level lectures, conferences and exchanges with invited experts and interdisciplinary group projects. From all these experiences, the students will learn how to apply their skills on health-related applications ranging from implant and tissue engineering through the modelling and characterization of biological materials to material design for therapeutics.

Course Selection: Besides the BME conferences and interdisciplinary week, the BioMAT program starts with a set of five core teaching units providing a broad overview of state-of-the-art knowledge of biomaterials science, tissue biology and biomechanics modelling as well as basic concepts in anatomy and research methodology. In-depth focus on biomaterials research is developed in a syllabus of seven teaching units. Each student selects a set of at least four teaching units: three specific to the BioMAT track and one from the general master’s program. A pedagogical commission of lecturers and researchers assists students and helps them to devise a personalized program consistent with their individual backgrounds and professional objectives.


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Internship: The research internship of at least 5 months can be performed in any academic or industrial laboratory, pending approval from the BioMAT pedagogical committee.


Semester 3 Semester 4
UE 3.0 Seminars & conferences UE 4.0 Ethical aspects of bioengineering
UE 3.1 lnterdisciplinaiy seminar UE 4.1 Economical & industrial aspects
UE 3.2 Projects and methods UE 4.2 Lab training, research internship
UE 3.3 Modeling and simulation in biomechanics  
UE 3.4 Basics in cell and tissue biology
UE 3.5 Basics in biomaterial science
UE 3.6 Anatomy
UE 3.7 Principles of tissue engineering
UE 3.8 Osteoarticular repair
UE 3.9 Handling of proteins and biomembranes
UE 3.10 Biointerfaces
UE 3.11 Cell mechanics, adhesion and motility
UE 3.12 Cardiovascular repair

Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Université Paris Descartes
Master BME Paris