The Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering is the training ground for some of Australia’s top Biomedical Engineers. We also produce a vast array of world class research that is changing and shaping the future of medicine. All this is possible because of the practical, hands-on experience our students and researchers have using some of the top Biomedical Engineering facilities in the country right here on campus. We also house high-level equipment nearby with some of our partner hospitals and have access to many other facilities through our links with industry.

State-of-the-art facilities

UNSW Engineering has world renowned research facilities and programs. Biomedical engineering is certainly no different!

The outstanding research equipment and facilities at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering is some of the best in Australia. Here are just some examples.

We host unique and leading edge biomedical engineering facilities such as:

  • One of probably only two two-photon microscopes in the southern hemisphere
  • A world-class electronics design lab where the Bionic Implant is being developed as we speak.
  • Microscopy and microanalysis equipment
  • Multimillion dollar communications and power laboratories equipped with commercial systems and best-in-class instrumentation

State-of-the-art computer laboratories

Our computer labs are specifically geared towards the printing, scanning and software needs of the engineer-in-the-making. 

Below is a shot of some Biomedical Engineering students working in the ‘Green Room’ on their bionic hand project. The Green Room can be set up for different purposes and houses 50 computer monitors with various software such as Matlab.

Research facilities

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering research facilities are situated across two floors within the Samuels Building. All facilities are used by our academics, postgraduate research students and honours students.

The space on Level 4 provides a focus for biomedical engineering research. But the Lower Ground space has been specifically developed for work on the Bionic Eye Implant, and includes the following:

  • Psychophysics laboratory
  • Dissecting scope
  • Implantable bionics research lab
  • Oscilloscope
  • Intravital 2-Photon Microscope 
  • Clean Room and Grey Room
  • Flip chip bonder
  • Laser welder/cutter
  • Picosecond lasers
  • PC2 Cell culture facility
  • Instron Mechanical Testing
  • Cytotoxicity testing
  • Live cell imaging facility
  • Surface bio-interfacial analysis laboratory
  • The Biochemical Laboratory
  • Surgical facility
  • Mini-lathes
  • Microscopes
  • Electronics design lab



Demonstrations of our famous psychophysics laboratory are much sought after and loved by teachers and students alike. Here is Cherry enjoying the experience!




 A dissecting scope used for incredibly fine implant device manufacture eg 10 µ scale.



Our multi-million dollar implantable bionics research lab opened in 2011.

The space on Lower Ground has been specifically developed for work on the Bionic Eye Implant, and includes our clean room as well as mini-lathes, picosecond lasers, microscopes and specialist equipment of the highest order. 




Oscilloscope – used for characterising the electrical performance of the custom made ASIC chips for the biomedical implants.




Intravital 2-Photon Microscope  –used to optically record activity in neural tissue in response to electrical stimulation.