The Department of Biological Engineering (Course 20) offers a Ph.D. program in Biological Engineering. The purpose of this program is to educate a next generation of researchers in the fusion of biology and engineering, bringing together a powerful combination of measurement, modeling, and manipulation approaches toward the objectives of:
(a) understanding how biological systems operate, especially when perturbed by genetic, chemical, or materials interventions or subjected to pathogens or toxins; and
(b) designing innovative technologies in biology-based diagnostics, therapeutics, materials, and devices for application to human health as well as other societal problems and opportunities.
The mission of Biological Engineering (BE) is to educate leaders, and to generate and communicate new knowledge at the interface of engineering with biology. Our focus is combining quantitative, physical, and integrative principles with advances in modern biology.
Graduate level training in BE prepares students to do research that will:
- Increase understanding of how biological systems function in terms of physical/chemical mechanisms, and of how they respond when perturbed by external factors including medical therapeutics and environmental agents.
- Create novel technologies based on this understanding for a spectrum of applications emphasizing, but not limited to, human health from both medical and environmental perspectives.
- Generate new biology-based paradigms for solving problems in non-biological applications of science and engineering.
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