Bioengineering Graduate Program Launched

From E@M Magazine, Spring 2003

The Clark School of Engineering has launched a graduate program in bioengineering that combines research and education opportunities and leads to a master’s or doctoral degree.

The program provides a basic understanding of bioengineering at the molecular and cellular level, focusing on biomolecular and cellular rate processes; cellular and tissue biomechanics; electrophysiology of the cell; and cellular and physiological transport phenomena.

The highly cross-disciplinary program draws on the resources of many of the Clark School's departments, in addition to the departments of biology, cell biology and molecular genetics, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science and mathematics.

"We want to marry the principles and applications embedded within engineering with the sciences of biology, medicine and health," says William Bentley, the first Herbert Rabin Professor of Engineering and director of the bioengineering program."We believe that developments at the interface of biology and engineering will advance the efficacy of health care by creating new paradigms for the diagnosis of disease and the delivery of new therapeutics."

Faculty members in the Clark School are currently engaged in bioengineering research in such areas as medical diagnostics; signal processing and imaging; cellular and metabolic engineering; vaccine development; biomedical devices; instrumentation; and work in collaboration with nearby health care facilities, medical schools and biomedical research centers.

Published May 1, 2003