Functional Imaging

Joint-Degree Program with Marquette University

Degrees Offered
Doctor of Philosophy

Program Admissions Requirements
Application is made through Marquette University.
In addition to the general Graduate School admission requirements, this program has additional specific requirements.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Graduate School of Marquette University have the following requirements for admission: bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics, substantial background in biology or chemistry appropriate to enrolling in graduate level engineering and physiology courses.

Fields of Research

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • X-ray Microfocal Imaging and Tomography
  • Mathematical Modeling in Organ Physiology

Program Degree Requirements
The Functional Imaging program has a requirement of 65 course credits to complete.

Required Courses (35 total credits):

Medical College of Wisconsin Campus:

08202 General Human Physiology
03239 Functional MRI Contrast Mechanisms and Applications

Marquette University Campus:

BIEN 5500* Medical Imaging Physics

BIEN 6200 Biomedical Signal Processing. 3 credits. Prerequisites: MATH 2451 and knowledge of C or MATLAB.
This course introduces students to statistical processing of biomedical data. Topics include data acquisition, probability and estimation, signal averaging, power spectrum analysis, windowing, digital filters, and data compression. Students will complete several computer projects that apply these processing methods to physiological signals.

BIEN 6500 Mathematics of Medical Imaging. 3 credits.
This course will begin with an overview of the application of linear systems theory to radiographic imaging (pinhole imaging, transmission and emission tomography). The mathematics of computed tomography including the analytic theory of reconstructing from projections and extensions to emission computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging will be covered. Topics may also include three-dimensional imaging, noise analysis and image quality, and optimization.

BIEN 8110 Research Methodologies I. 3 credits.
Development of research aims and hypotheses, identification of relevant scientific literature, experimental approaches, statistical design, and pilot work to obtain preliminary results. Written communication of research theme will be emphasized. The course project will consist of the development of a research proposal including research aims, background, pilot experiments, and experimental design and methodology.

BIEN 8120 Research Methodologies II. 3 credits.
Oral and written communication of research results including graphics and text. Graphical presentation of data and conceptual development of a scientific presentation and a manuscript will be addressed. The basics of clear and effective scientific communication will be emphasized. Work will culminate in the development of a scientific manuscript for peer review.

BIEN 6953 Seminar in Biomedical Engineering.

MATH 5720 Statistical Methods. 3 credits. Prerequisite: one semester of calculus.
An introductory applications-oriented course recommended for students who wish to acquire a basic understanding of statistical methods. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete and continuous distributions; treatment of data, point and internal estimation, hypothesis testing; large and small sample methods, regression and correlation; analysis of variance, non-parametric methods, multiple comparisons. Application oriented.
EECE 6010 Advanced Engineering Mathematics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MATH 2451 or equivalent and proficiency in computer programming.
Linear algebra and matrix theory, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and complex variables emphasizing both theoretical and numerical aspects as well as engineering applications.


MEEN 6101 Advanced Engineering Analysis I. 3 credits. Matrices and linear algebra with applications. Tensor analysis and applications. Calculus of variation. Green’s function techniques. Complex variable theory and applications. Topics in ordinary and partial differential equations.

Required Dissertation [Research] (12 credits)
FI 15399 Doctoral Dissertation
BIEN 8999 Doctoral Dissertation

Elective Courses (18 total credits)
Medical College of Wisconsin Campus:

03240 Fourier Transforms
04201 Biostatistics II
04265 Nonparametric Statistics08263 Cardiovascular Physiology
08253 Advanced Renal Physiology
12206 Integrated Neuroscience
12211 Advanced Systems Neuroscience

Marquette University Campus:
BIOL 5703 Exercise Physiology
BIOL 8501 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
BIOL 8502 Systems Neuroscience
BIOL 8702 Systems Physiology
BIOL 8703 Advanced Physiology
BIEN 5510 Image Processing for the Biomedical Sciences
BIEN 6400* Biofluid Mechanics
BIEN 6410 Biological Mass Transfer
BIEN 6300 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Instrumentation
BIEN 6210 Advanced Biomedical Signal Processing
MSCS 5760 Time Series Analysis
MSCS 6040 Linear Algebra

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MCW Imaging News

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

Web Extra: Interest in brain research led student to joint PhD program

In 2004, Jeannette Vizuete began in the PhD program in Functional Imaging jointly offered by the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University. Jeannette is now nearing completion of the program and the achievement of her PhD. In this Q and A, Jeannette talks about her research and the program.

PhD program joins bioscience and engineering

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University jointly offer a PhD program in Functional Imaging, which integrates experience in biomedical science and applied engineering in studies related to the brain.

Students seasoned for science

A record number of students participated this year in the Medical College’s Medical Student Summer Research Program, which pairs first- and second-year students with a faculty mentor for a laboratory-based research experience. The program gives future doctors perspective on how new discoveries are translated into the tools and treatments of tomorrow.

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