Integrative Research Center


The birth of medical engineering at TUM dates back to the year of 1967, when the School of Medicine (Medizinische Fakultät) was founded. This step started the interaction of medicine with natural and life sciences, engineering and information technology at TUM. In the following years, many scientific projects between the disciplines were created. In 2000 a new chair of Medical Engineering was founded together with the Institute of Medical Engineering (IMETUM) at the TUM campus in Garching. Further research groups and chairs were created at the departments of electrical engineering, information technology and mechanical engineering. This development and the successful attraction of excellent scientists in the fields of biomedical imaging, molecular and biophysical sciences, bioinformatics and modelling of biological systems transformed the traditional medical engineering (Medizintechnik) at TUM into a more molecular oriented life sciences perspective with a clear aim to transform engineering into Biomedical Engineering and BioEngineering. For that purpose, the Munich School of BioEngineering (MSB) was founded in 2015 as an Integrative Research Center at TUM with the former research building IMETUM at the TUM Campus in Garching serving as the central address of the MSB. A graduate school for Information Sciences in Health (GSISH) was already transformed into the Graduate School of BioEngineering (GSB) two years before and can be found at the MSB building.


Our strategy is to link natural sciences, life sciences, engineering, computer sciences, and  medicine together. TUM has departments in all of these fields and is, therefore, the best place to develop and cultivate an excellent expertise in BioEngineering.

Research and education are the central elements of our strategy as an Integrative Research Center of TUM:

  • We want to join forces in interdisciplinary research in the field of BioEngineering in order to create science clusters and research groups and attract excellent scientists, international visibility and research grants for our projects.
  • We want to educate brilliant students and young researchers in international Master Study Programs in BioEngineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics, and other specialized programs combining engineering and life sciences. In addition, we offer young researchers membership to the Graduate School of BioEngineering to gain a doctoral degree.
  • We want to actively push technology transfer and foster an atmosphere to easily create spin-off companies as a result of their research in BioEngineering. Principal Investigators of MSB who plan to create a spin-off company will gain support from TUM Entrepreneurship.


TUM has created a large infrastructure for research in the field of BioEngineering during the last two decades and this development keeps expanding:

In addition scientists from many chairs, institutes, and  the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of TUM are also principle investigators of the MSB and create further research opportunities. The MSB has numerous cooperation links with other labs within the greater area of Munich, e.g. the Helmholtz Center and Max Planck Institutes.

Communications and Outreach

The MSB organizes activities to inform members of TUM but also the general public and international partners about science in BioEngineering.

We specifically offer:

  • MSB lectures,
  • MSB workshops,
  • MSB seminars and summer schools, and
  • MSB conferences.

Family and Career

The MSB intends to support researchers to balance family life with their demands of a career. Additionally to the already existing TUM Family Services, the MSB members can now profit from a cooperation between the MSB and the child care facility "Wichtel-Akademie". The "Wichtel-Akademie" is a private facility providing early child-care with long opening hours and without long vacation periods at different sites in Munich and Garching. The parents, who got a position for their child at one of the "Wichtel-Akademie" child-care facilities can apply for financial support from the MSB. For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Julia Herzen