BioMaterials and BioDevices

BioMaterials and BioDevices (BioMAT)

Biomaterials research and development currently not only encompass, but extend far beyond the field of prosthetics design. Most biomedical technologies rely today on the design of materials and complex devices able to interact in controlled and specific manners with living systems. The application scope is extremely challenging and diversified including tissue engineered products for regenerative medicine, miniaturized devices for diagnosis as well as model bioactive materials for biomedical research.

The BioMAT track provides scientists, engineers, and medical students with the wherewithal to face the numerous challenges of biomaterials and biodevices R&D; 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 and 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 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 the design of devices for diagnosis.

Course Selection

For Semester 3: Besides the BME conferences and interdisciplinary week, the BioMAT program starts with a set of four core teaching units providing a broad overview of state-of-the-art knowledge of biomaterials science, as well as anatomy and research methodology. These units are completed by upgrade courses in biology or mechanics to be chosen depending on the initial background. In-depth focus on biomaterials research is developed in a syllabus of ten teaching units. Each student selects a set of at least four teaching units: two from the set “General concepts for biomaterials and biodevices design” and two from one of the subtracks “Tissue reconstruction and regenerative medicine” and “Nano- and micro-systems medicine”.

For Semester 4: Two units put the training in a broader perspective with a business plan workshop and a lecture on ethics. Most of the semester is then devoted to the research internship which lasts between 5 to 6 months.   

Additional courses can be chosen. 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.

Semester 3

Mandatory courses

Open Your Mind Seminars
Interdisciplinary week (3 ECTS)
Research Methodology (3 ECTS)
Practical training: Hands on state-of-the art tech (3 ECTS)
Fundamentals in biomaterials science and engineering (3 ECTS)
Anatomy of the Musculo-skeletal System (3 ECTS)

 

Upgrade courses
3 ECTS to be picked among

Basics in Tissue and Cell Biology (Biology I)
Advanced in Tissue and Cell Biology (Biology II)
Basics in Continuum Mechanics (Biomechanics I)
Modeling and Simulation in Biomechanics (Biomechanics II)

 

General concepts for biomaterials and biodevices design
Two courses (6 ECTS) to be picked among

Biointerfaces
Cell mechanics, adhesion and motility
Soft cell: substrate interactions

One course of 3 ECTS in another Master (subject to Master chairs’ authorizations)

 

Sub-track: Tissue reconstruction and regenerative medicine
Two courses (6 ECTS) to be picked among

Principles in tissue engineering
Cardiovascular repair
Osteoarticular Repair
Tissue engineering: Clinical applications

One course of 3 ECTS in another Master (subject to Master chairs’ authorizations)

 

Sub-track: Nano- and micro-systems for medicine
Two courses (6 ECTS) to be picked among

Biosensors for medical diagnosis
Miniaturized devices for diagnosis
Chemistry for Bioimaging : Basics, probes and nanomedicine

One course of 3 ECTS in another Master (subject to Master chairs’ authorizations)

Semester 4

Mandatory courses

Business Plan Workshop
Research Internship (26 ECTS)
Ethical Aspects of Biomedical Engineering (1 ECTS)

As far as the non mandatory courses are concerned, the students’ choices will have to be discussed with the track chairs and will be finalized during the interdisciplinary week, taking the student’s personal background and interests into consideration. It will then be validated in a co-signed contract of study.

The courses students will eventually attend will also depend on actual availability: some courses might not open because of an insufficient number of attendees, while others may have a limited capacity and not be able to offer a seat to all.

As indicated, a course may be offered to BME Paris students outside the track which supports it. In such cases, priority will be given to students enrolled in the supporting track.

Students enrolled in other ENSAM, Université Paris Descartes or Université PSL programs may also attend a BME Paris course, provided that:

  • their respective program chairs support their application
  • the course is not already full
  • the relevant BME Paris chairs accept their applications which must include a CV and a motivation letter