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Department of Biological Engineering

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Engineers and applied scientists aim to solve complicated problems arising from societal needs and concerns, thatís our great strength. Biological engineers address these problems by fusing quantitative, integrative, systems-oriented analysis and design approaches together with cutting-edge bioscience. Until recently, reliable methods did not exist for accessing biological systems broadly at their mechanistic (molecular and cellular) levels, for purposes of not only understanding them but of altering or designing them to carry out desired useful functions. Today, biological engineers are at the forefront of developing these powerful, innovative methods and employing them in exciting new ways for societal benefit over a wide range of vital applications in human and environmental health and various diverse industries. The project areas to be found in our Biological Engineering research program, across our world-class faculty and center laboratories, are ideal for learning how to effectively address important problems combining engineering principles and perspective with the knowledge and tools of modern molecular life sciences.

MIT's Biological Engineering faculty direct leading-edge research programs across the wide range of this exciting new field.

Biological and Physiological Transport Phenomena Forbes DeweyAlan Grodzinsky, Jay Han, Roger Kamm, Bob Langer, Katharina Ribbeck
Biological Imaging and Functional Measurement Mark Bathe, Paul Blainey, Ed Boyden, Pete Dedon, Forbes Dewey, Bevin Engelward, Alan Jasanoff, Scott Manalis, Peter So, Mehmet Fatih Yanik, Feng Zhang
Biomaterials Angie Belcher, Linda Griffith, Darrell Irvine, Alan Jasanoff, Bob Langer, Tim Lu, Katharina Ribbeck, Ioannis Yannas
Biomolecular Engineering Mark Bathe, Angie Belcher, Ed Boyden, Christopher Burge, Ernest Fraenkel, Alan Jasanoff, Roger Kamm, Alex Klibanov, Angela Koehler, Bob Langer, Doug Lauffenburger, Harvey Lodish, Tim Lu, Jacquin C. Niles, Ram Sasisekharan,Bruce Tidor, Dane Wittrup, Feng Zhang
Biophysics Eric Alm, Mark Bathe, Paul Blainey, Ed Boyden, Arup K. Chakraborty, Alan J. Grodzinsky, Darrell Irvine, Alan P. Jasanoff, Roger D. Kamm, Scott R. Manalis, Katharina Ribbeck, Peter T. So, Bruce Tidor, Krystyn J. van Vliet, Ron Weiss, Michael B. Yaffe, Feng Zhang
Cell and Tissue Engineering Ed Boyden, Forbes Dewey, Bevin Engelward, Linda Griffith, Alan Grodzinsky, Darrell Irvine, Roger Kamm, Bob Langer, Doug Lauffenburger, Harvey Lodish, Tim Lu, Leona Samson, Ram Sasisekharan, Ron Weiss, Ioannis Yannas, Feng Zhang
Computational Modeling of Biological and Physiological Systems Eric Alm, Mark Bathe, Ed Boyden, Arup Chakraborty, Christopher Burge, Forbes Dewey, Ernest Fraenkel, Roger Kamm, Doug Lauffenburger, Ram Sasisekharan, Bill Thilly, Bruce Tidor, Ron Weiss
Discovery and Delivery of Molecular Therapeutics Paul Blainey, Ed Boyden, John Essigmann, Ernest Fraenkel, Angela Koehler, Bob Langer, Doug Lauffenburger, Harvey Lodish, Tim Lu, Jacquin C. Niles, Katharina Ribbeck, Leona Samson, Ram Sasisekharan, Steve Tannenbaum, Bruce Tidor, Mehmet Fatih Yanik, Dane Wittrup
Energy Eric Alm, Angie Belcher, Ed DeLong, Christopher A. Voigt
Genetic Toxicology Pete Dedon, Bevin Engelward, John Essigmann, Leona Samson, Bill Thilly, Gerry Wogan
Infectious Disease and Immunology Paul Blainey, Arup Chakraborty, Jim Fox, Linda Griffith, Darrell Irvine, Doug Lauffenburger, Tim Lu, Jacquin C. Niles, Katharina Ribbeck, Jonathan A Runstadler, Dane Wittrup, Feng Zhang
Macromolecular Biochemistry & Biophysics Eric Alm, Mark Bathe, Paul Blainey, Pete Dedon, John Essigmann, Alan Grodzinsky, Alan Jasanoff, Roger Kamm, Alex Klibanov, Harvey Lodish, Jacquin C. Niles, Leona Samson, Ram Sasisekharan, Peter So, Steve Tannenbaum, Bruce Tidor, Christopher A. Voigt, Dane Wittrup
Metabolism of Drugs and Toxins Pete Dedon, John Essigmann, Linda Griffith, Steve Tannenbaum
Microbial Pathogenesis Paul Blainey, Jim Fox, Tim Lu, Jacquin C. Niles, Katharina Ribbeck, Jonathan A Runstadler
Microbial Systems Eric Alm, Paul Blainey, Ed DeLong, Tim Lu, Jacquin C. Niles, Katharina Ribbeck, Christopher A. Voigt, Ron Weiss
Molecular, Chemical and Environmental Carcinogenesis Pete Dedon, Forbes Dewey, Bevin Engelward, John Essigmann, Leona Samson,Steve Tannenbaum, Bill Thilly, Gerry Wogan
Molecular, Cell and Tissue Biomechanics Mark Bathe, Alan J. Grodzinsky, Jay Han, Roger Kamm, Bob Langer, Harvey Lodish, Scott Manalis, Peter So, Subra Suresh, Ioannis Yannas
Molecular Pharmacology Pete Dedon, John Essigmann, Ernest Fraenkel, Angela Koehler, Bob Langer, Doug Lauffenburger, Ram Sasisekharan, Bruce Tidor, Dane Wittrup
Nanoscale Engineering of Biological Systems Mark Bathe, Angie Belcher, Paul Blainey, Ed Boyden, Jongyoon Han,Darrell J. Irvine, Tim Lu, Scott Manalis
Neurobiological Systems Ed Boyden, Alan Jasanoff, Robert Langer, Ioannis Yannas, Feng Zhang
New Tools for Genomics, Functional Genomics, Proteomics and Glycomics Eric Alm, Paul Blainey, Christopher Burge, Forbes Dewey, Bevin Engelward, Ernest Fraenkel, Linda Griffith, Jay Han, Angela Koehler, Doug Lauffenburger, Scott Manalis, Jacquin C. Niles, Leona Samson, Ram Sasisekharan, Steve Tannenbaum, Bill Thilly, Bruce Tidor, Michael Yaffe, Mehmet Fatih Yanik, Dane Wittrup, Feng Zhang
Synthetic Biology Eric Alm, Mark Bathe, Angie Belcher, Ed Boyden, Bevin Engelward, Alan Jasanoff, Tim Lu, Jacquin C. Niles, Christopher A. Voigt, Ron Weiss, Feng Zhang
Systems Biology Eric Alm, Mark Bathe, Chris Burge, Pete Dedon, Ed DeLong, Forbes Dewey, Ernest Fraenkel, Jongyoon Han, Angela Koehler, Douglas Lauffenburger, Tim Lu, Scott Manalis, Leona Samson, Steve Tannenbaum, Bruce Tidor, Christopher A. Voigt, Ron Weiss, Forest White, Michael Yaffe, Feng Zhang

 

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