A special set of skills and a new mindset is needed to bridge the gap between medicine and engineering. The University of Basel, together with the University Hospital and University Children’s Hospital decided to develop such skills and mindset together with aspiring researchers and students, and thus they created the DBE. It’s mission is to explore the and unleash the immense innovative potential and the unforseeable benefits for patients of such an interdisciplinary endeavor.
Biomedical engineers are specialists in the translation of basic engineering research and development into clinical application and medical products. If you want to gdet in board, check the education page for our Master’s and PhD programs. Below you find a list of open Master’s Theses that might catch your attention. If you have your own ideas, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the research group leader you think fits best.
Open Master’s Theses
This is a list of open Master’s Theses projects. In case you are interested in one of them please get in contact with the respective supervisors. Should you have a related idea that you would like to pitch, please don not hesitate to contact one of the supervisors as well.
The Bio-Inspired RObots for MEDicine-Laboratory (BIROMED-Lab) offers students projects in the field of medical robotics and mechatronics. The main research focus of the BIROMED-Lab is minimal invasive semi-autonomous robotic surgery for laser ablation of hard tissue (bone). Our portfolio includes knowledge in mechatronics, mechanical design, micro machining, robotics, control, and real-time data processing. Due to our expertise, we maintain also strong collaborations in the fields of robot-assisted gait and arm rehabilitation. For more information please browse the open student projects and get in contact with the respective supervisor or with Prof. Georg Rauter.
This project is located at the Computational Physiology & Biostatistics Group. It addresses the relationship between physiological development and temperature regulation mechanisms in infants. The goal of the master thesis project is to implement in Matlab a deterministic mathematical model of the incubator and the infant’s body, including the temperature regulation mechanisms in both infant and incubator. For more information please get in contact with Dr. Edgar Delago-Eckert.
This project is located at the Division of Audiology and Neurootology of the University Hospital Basel. It. aims to quantify the DDS which include experimental work on a life size mechanical ear. This functional model allows to simulate pre-operative DDS and post-operative VSB. Within the thesis you will learn to design and execute an experimental study. For more information please get in contact with PD Dr. Christof Stieger.
This project is located at the AMT Center. It offers the possibility to work on the development of a localised heat source (i.e. ablation catheter) to reproduce the heating generated in real tissue during thermal therapies. MR temperature maps of developed tissue-mimicking phantoms will then be acquired and validated using a direct temperature monitoring system. For more information please get in contact with Dr. Marco Fiorito.
This project is located at the AMT Center. It works with radio frequency coils, which are a key component for signal detection in an MRI system. At low magnetic fields, the inherent low sensitivity in 1H NMR requires these detectors to be further optimized to boost quality and speed of the acquired images. Your goal is to investigate the optimal features of various RF coil geometries with a strong practical approach. You will combine theoretical aspects and simulations with hands-on work to build and use your own RF coils. For more information please get in contact with Maksym Yushchenko.
This project is located at the Laboratory for Movement Analysis of the University Children’s Hospital of Basel. In gait analysis a link is missing between plantar pressure data and data of patient specific foot kinematics. The goal of the thesis is to develop a routine to link the plantar pressure measurements and multi-segmental foot kinematics & to integrate it into existing clinical and research methods. For more information please get in contact with Dr. Jacqueline Romkes.
This project is located at the Human Locomotion Research Group of the University Children’s Hospital Basel. Ankle foot orthoses represent an important treatment option for children with cerebral palsy. The aim of this project is to develop a customizable mechanical model of an AFO within an existing musculoskeletal modelling framework, and to apply it in a cohort of paediatric CP patients to evaluate their gait pattern and the muscles’ energetic demand. For more information please get in contact with Dr. Enrico De Pieri.
This project is located at the Human Locomotion Research Group of the University Children’s Hospital Basel. Clinical applications of markerless motion tracking are dependent on understanding the forces applied to the human body. The aim of this project is to further advance current musculoskeletal models for predicting ground reaction forces in a cohort of paediatric patients with cerebral palsy who present altered foot-ground contact patterns. For more information please get in contact with Dr. Enrico De Pieri.
This project is located at the Cartilage Engineering Group of te Department of Biomedicine. It aims to (i) identify a protocol enabling the isolation chondro-progenitor cells (ChP) from OA cartilage specimens and (ii) to investigate the migration, proliferation and chondrogenic responses of the ChP once exposed to LDN-193189 (i.e., a commercially available BMP type I receptor kinase). For more information please get in contact with Prof. Andrea Barbero.