355 Squire Hall
Buffalo, New York 14214-3008
Fax: (716) 835-4872
E-mail: Dr. Robert E. Baier
Applications being considered for both Spring and Fall admissions.
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomaterials is an outgrowth of a masters degree program in Dental Materials, sponsored by the School of Dental Medicine since 1971. Through policies established by the Graduate School of the University, courses and research topics have been developed to provide comprehensive knowledge of prosthetic materials, from bio/surface and molecular interactions to device design and surgical requirements. Supporting themes include safe processing of biological materials and devices [e.g. sterilization], global regulatory perspectives, and environmental engineering. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and a masters thesis to be completed in two to three years. The program has a strong emphasis on ethics and professional/client interactions, supported by licensed faculty professionals in medicine, dentistry, law, and engineering.
During the first year, students are required to complete 12 credit hours of core courses. An example of a core course is BMA 520 (Evaluation of Biomedical Materials; see link, above), which is also a required course for the biomedical engineering option in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The remaining 18 credit hours are fulfilled through elective courses, transfer credits (limited number allowed), and thesis research. Some of the additional course offerings include Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Polymeric Biomaterials, Regulatory Environment of Medical Products, Research Seminar in Biomaterials, Research Design, and Statistics. Students must take a minimum of 6 credits of elective coursework, at least 3 credits of which must be related to their area of research.
Students admitted to the program usually have backgrounds in biological science or engineering. The Program Director encourages graduate mechanical engineering and biophysics courses as electives for those students anticipating Ph.D. studies after completing the M.S. degree in Biomaterials.
The summer preceding the second year of study is usually spent doing research with a faculty advisor. This work often forms the basis of the M.S. thesis. During the second year, and a third year if necessary, students complete any remaining coursework and finish their thesis research, which must be reviewed by an expert Outside Reader before eligibility for a formal Oral Defense. Students may also take or transfer approved courses at other institutions and count these courses toward formal requirements for the M.S. degree, after review by the program faculty and Graduate School.
The Interdisciplinary Program in Biomaterials can occasionally assist with financial support for admitted students, sometimes by arranging for joint industry/university research projects that fund student thesis studies. Some faculty have research grants that permit them to appoint postdoctoral fellows or to hire research assistants.
Send correspondence via e-mail to Robert E. Baier, Ph.D., P.E.