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Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering

  1. Jul 30, 2010 #1
    Okay, so I am an undergraduate major studying Biophysics with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I am looking to do an MD/ Ph.D program in graduate school. My main goals are to go to med school and become a Pediatric Cardiologist, and go into Cardiovascular Research. Is Biophysics going to help me at all with my research goals? I actually want to do research on the mechanics of the heart and design heart valves. Will Biophysics go over mechanical physics, or am I going to need to search for an advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering? I know I am looking to take Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, and Biomechanics on the Biomedical Engineering side, but I am taking courses in Nanoscale Science and Applications, Modern Physics, Computational Physics, and Biophysics in my Physics major. Of course I also have courses in Human Physiology, Organic and Biochemistry, Histology, and maths through Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.. Are the courses in nanophysics and biochemistry and stuff going to help me any, or do I need to change over and do Biomedical Engineering instead? I have looked at many different colleges I might try to prepare for. One in particular is Washington University in St. Louis. I noticed their Biomedical Engineering faculty were among the first to mathematically model cardiovascular mechanics, and they do a lot of research in the field. I kind of would like to get a Master's in Physics before I do that, though, and build upon my knowledge of physical laws and mathematical skills. It doesn't matter to me how long I go to college, just so long as I am doing what I enjoy doing. I can't find a college that I could get a M.S. in Physics where I might learn things like Biophysics. most Biophysics programs are Ph.D.. I don't want the Biochemical side of Biophysics, but I would much rather learn mechanics and Biophysics applicable to tissue engineering and biomaterials research. Am I in the wrong field, or have I just not found a college that does this?? I am more into discovering new materials and methods for tissue engineering and quantitive cardiology.. but what kind of degree am I looking for to do so? I know Biophysics is the basis behind all of this, but most degrees in Biophysics cover Molecular biophysics or Biochemical Biophysics, which isn't really what I am looking to learn if it doesn't apply to biomaterials and tissue engineering. Any advice? Thanks in advanced...
     
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