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Course Spotlight: 4210 Biotransport with Dr. Katelyn Swindle-Reilly

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In this spotlight, learn about domain course, BME 4210, Biotransport taught by Dr. Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, which is offered next in Spring 2025.

About BME 4210 Biotransport

What can students expect to learn in this course?

This course focuses on the integration of transport phenomena (fluid flow, mass transfer, kinetics) and life sciences for biomedical engineering students. It covers topics from the intracellular level to the full body as well as medical devices and drug delivery systems. It covers such topics as physical and flow properties of blood, receptor-ligand binding and gene expression, transport through cell membranes, pharmacokinetic models, and applications in drug delivery and specific disease states.

What specifically makes this course useful and applicable for BME students?

Students on all educational and career paths have indicated that the content is useful – whether it is having a greater understanding of fundamental mechanisms driving normal and diseased human physiology to help with medical careers, understanding how to make calculations for medical devices and drug delivery systems (capstone, industry), and better understanding fundamentals of mass and momentum transfer.

Who should take this course?

I feel like the content is important for all BME students – I would strongly encourage any students who love problem solving and/or math.

What is taking this class like for students? (is it interactive, collaborative, etc)

Class time is spent on a combination of lecturing, solving problems as groups, and exploring creative solutions to biotransport problems – there are opportunities in every class to interact with the instructor and fellow students or to work individually if preferred.

What is your approach to teaching?

I believe in giving students the tools and skills needed to truly learn the material and succeed. This includes developing and practicing problem solving skills in class. I am further interested in entrepreneurial minded learning and incorporate the fundamentals of curiosity, making connections, and creating value in class activities and the project.

Is there any other information or advice you think would be beneficial for students to know before enrolling in this course?

The content will push you to learn, but there are benefits that you carry with you beyond the course. In my experience, students have always risen to the challenge and done very well.

Dr. Swindle-Reilly Lab Portrait
Dr. Swindle-Reilly in her lab, The Swindle-Reilly Lab for Biomimetic Polymeric Biomaterials

About Dr. Swindle-Reilly

What is your favorite part of teaching this course?

My favorite part is seeing students rise to the challenge of solving real-world problems and hearing about how the content helped them in Senior Design, in Medical School, or later in their careers.

What other classes do you teach?

Advanced Biomaterials, Polymers in Bioengineering

What is your favorite memory of teaching this class?

There are many misconceptions about Biotransport. A funny memory is when I taught it for the first time, a student told me they thought it was going to be about transporting organs for biotransplantation. This student went on to get a PhD in BME.

Tell us something about yourself as a person

Outside of work, I spend time with my family (spouse, 2 kids, 2 cats) doing lots of activities. I love music, have been to many concerts, play the piano, and I play in two handbell choirs.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I really enjoy mentoring students – that is one of the main reasons I left industry to start my career at Ohio State – I would like it if more students came to office hours even if they don’t have specific homework questions.


If you’re interested in enrolling in BME 4210 for Spring 2025, there are still seats available. Head to the Schedule Planner to make sure this course fits in your schedule. The prerequisites for this domain course are BME 2000, Math 2174 and concur with Thermo.