Research and Impact

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Research and Impact

Innovative Research in a Collaborative Environment

Bioengineering students at the Knight Campus have access to 13 independent faculty-led labs, ranging in focus from 3D printing and laser microfabrication to gene therapy, tissue regeneration, and polymer chemistry. Many of our faculty are also entrepreneurs and assist in the development of numerous startups. Bioengineering students at the Knight Campus have access to state-of-the-art facilities for their research and a collaborative environment with expert mentors.


Research Areas

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Biomaterials: Functional Materials for Life

We work at the interface of materials chemistry and biomedical engineering. We determine what is missing from the engineer’s toolbox and design new functional materials, 3-D structures, tools and devices that address key challenges in the clinic.

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Medical Sensors and Devices

We push the envelope of implantable and wearable medical sensors and devices to change the ways we study and treat diseases and injuries, by tapping advances in areas such as materials, data science, device architecture, and wireless technologies.


Protein Engineering and Synthetic Biology

We develop new methods to build molecular biological parts (proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids) and systems with novel properties and predictable behaviors by understanding how sequence information leads to various properties at the molecular and systems level.

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Neural Engineering

We develop novel implantable interfaces to the brain and peripheral nervous system to advance fundamental science and improve human lives through therapeutic neuromodulation.

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Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

We develop models of complex biological systems using carefully curated datasets and the latest advances in machine learning. These AI systems are trained to make automated, repeatable, data-driven decisions, which ultimately leads to better patient outcomes.

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Regenerative Rehabilitation and Human Performance

We develop and integrate engineered technologies to measure, model, regenerate and enhance the performance of tissue systems. The overall goal of this focus area is to improve human performance throughout all aspects of life, from young to old, healthy to injured and novice to elite.

Research News and Stories

Learn more about the research, publications, and achievements of our bioengineering faculty, featured in Accelerate and Around the O.