Bioengineering is a discipline that develops new technology and materials or applies engineering principles toward understanding biological phenomenon. At the molecular level, bioengineers create new functions for proteins or RNA by designing strategies for selecting molecules with specific properties from a diverse population. Cellular engineers modify the properties of cells to manufacture new materials or sense the environment in new ways. The integration of cells into tissues and organs by matrix and signaling molecules is the focus of study by tissue engineers. Bioengineering also develops new tools such as microfabricated devices for high speed and high sensitivity analysis of DNA and proteins.
Faculty with research programs in bioengineering: