Biomedical Imaging Science Certificate
About the Certificate
Biomedical Imaging is a critical area of research with far reaching clinical translational opportunities in several areas including cancer, developmental science, genetics, pharmacology, and neuroscience. The broader field of biomedical imaging includes multiple subdisciplines designed to enhance knowledge of how human systems are structured and function. The Biomedical Imaging Certificate consists of a range of educational opportunities including didactic coursework, attendance at Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) symposia and workshops, and a practicum placement for research training in an on-campus laboratory utilizing biomedical imaging techniques.
The educational objectives are as follows:
- To provide students with a solid foundation in imaging science, including experimental design, image acquisition, image analyses, statistical modeling, and biomedical informatics.
- To expose students to a wide array of pre- and clinical imaging modalities available at the BRIC, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, optical imaging, ultrasound, single photon emission computed tomography and positron emission tomography.
- To provide students with the skills to critically review primary-source empirical articles to understand major trends in the current literature on biomedical imaging and to identify major leaders in the field and their theoretical and empirical contributions.
- To provide basic skills in computational techniques for image storage, retrieval, and distributed access, as well as instruction in statistical models for analyzing imaging data.
- To provide students with hands-on practicum experience in an on-campus laboratory utilizing biomedical imaging techniques.
- To provide students with knowledge imaging hardware.
The biomedical imaging certificate is open to UNC-Chapel Hill degree-seeking graduate students. Admission to the certificate program consists of a three-step process:
- Submitting an application: Matriculated students are required to fill out a simple admission form, containing basic demographics, prior education, and current degree pursued. Additionally, they are required to submit a brief 1-2 page statement of interest and proposed course of study plan.
- Based on the application, particularly the statement of interest, the program coordinator the co-director will recommend a faulty advisor for the prospective applicant. The applicant will be expected to meet with the advisor to discuss her or his specific interests. The interview will also serve as a screening mechanism to ensure that the applicant’s background is appropriate for the certificate coursework and that the program is a good match for her or his needs.
- Advisor’s approval of application and practicum plan will complete the admissions process.
The following courses are currently offered at UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU, and are available for biomedical imaging certificate students:
|Course Title||Course Number||Credits||Faculty Instructor|
|Seminar in Biomedical Imaging Science||TBA||3||Rotating BRIC Faculty|
|Biomedical Signal Processing||BMME 512||3||Lalush|
|Medical Imaging: Ultrasonic, Optical, and MRI||BMME 550||3||Gallippi, Lalush|
|Medical Imaging: X-Ray, CT, and Nuclear Medicine Systems||BMME 560||3||Lalush|
|Medical Image Analysis||COMP775||3||Niethammer|
|Optimal Estimation in Image Analysis||COMP790||3||Niethammer|
|Cognitive Neuroscience||PSYC 739||3||Giovanello|
|Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging||PSYC 795||3||Giovanello and BRIC faculty|
|Social Affective Neuroscience||PSYC 868||3||Lindquist|
|Translational Seminar in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience||NBIO 727||2||Belger|
|Nanomedicine||MOPH 738||3||Hingtgen and BRIC faculty|
|Statistical and Mathematical Methods for Medical Imaging||BIOS 772||3||Zhu|
|Distributed Systems and Administration||INLS 576||3||Scott|
|User Interface Design||INLS 718||3||Rajasekar|
|Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction||INLS 818||3||STAFF|
Although the students interested in pursuing the Biomedical Imaging Certificate will have diverse interests and backgrounds, the following is an example for students who are interested in the cognitive neurosciences: Year 1: Fall – Seminar in Biomedical Imaging, Spring – BMME 550; Year 2: Fall – PSYC 739; Spring – PSYC 868 or NBIO 727; Year 3: Fall – BMME 890.
The certificate program has an Advisory Panel of faculty to oversee admissions to the certificate program, to approve each trainee’s program of study, and to evaluate the progress of trainees and the offerings of the program. The advisory panel includes:
- Paul Dayton, Ph.D., certificate program co-director, Department of Biomedical Engineering and BRIC
- Kelly Giovanello, Ph.D., certificate program co-director, Department of Psychology, and BRIC
- Javed Mostafa, Ph.D., certificate program co-director, School of Information and Library Science and BRIC
- Weili Lin, Ph.D., BRIC Director
- Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences.
- Terry Magnuson, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Additionally, all BRIC faculty will be responsible for participating in the Biomedical Imaging certificate either by serving as Instructors of Record, provide guest lectures, or supervisor practicum students. Please see below for a list of BRIC faculty members.
|Amelio, Antonio||School of Dentistry and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer|
|Branca, Tamara||Physics and Astronomy|
|Hingtgen, Shawn||Molecular Pharmaceutics|
|Kuhnen, Camelia||Kenan Flagler Business School|
|Oldenburg, Amy||Physics and Astronomy|
|Mostafa, Javed||Information Science|
|Niethammer, Marc||Computer Science|
|Shih, Yen Yu Ian||Neurology|
|Smith, Eric Radiology||School of Pharmacy|
|Terence Wong||Radiology/Nuclear Medicine|