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Department of Bioengineering at Northeastern University
The Interface of Engineering and Medicine

Intrinsically interdisciplinary, and centrally located in a biotech hub, bioengineering at Northeastern is leading the way in bioimaging, cell and tissue engineering, biomechanics, and biomedical device advancement.

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Erica Wagner
BS, Bioengineering 2020

Earned the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the United States’ premier award for outstanding young researchers in STEM fields.

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Kritika Singh
BS Bioengineering, 2020

Kritika Singh, E'20, receives Rhodes Scholar, NIH OxCam Scholar, and Harold D. Hodgkinson Achievement Award.

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Announcing the Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems

Bioengineering Professor Heather Clark is leading a new university-wide research institute, which focuses on in vivo chemical analysis and imaging, and leverages key university strengths, including nanosensors for in vivo chemical analysis, imaging, soft robotics, and embedded systems.

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Engineering In Action

World-Renowned Cooperative Education

Kritika Singh, BS, Bioengineering, is on her first co-op at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Center for Systems Biology and she is also working on a malaria project to express a difficult to express protein. Her ambition is to be a physician scientist and says co-op will definitely help her achieve that.

World-Renowned Cooperative Education

Aanie Phillips, BS, Bioengineering, says co-op puts into perspective what you learn in the classroom providing an immersive learning experience. She did two co-ops, a clinical one at a doctor’s office, and the other as a mechanical and operations engineer at Virtudent, a teledentistry startup. Aaanie is off to medical school with a full scholarship from her top-choice school.

Recent News

COE Students Win 2020 ASEE Student Paper Award

Engineering students Cailey Denoncourt, BSBioE’23, and Liza Russell, BSME’23, received the student paper award for their paper titled,” Navigating and Energy Generating Insole: Vibrating Walking Directions” at the ASEE 2020 Virtual Conference.

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Bioengineers Develop Innovative Respiratory-Assist Device as Alternative to Ventilator

Lee Makowski, professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering, has been partnering with government officials in Ghana, as well as Biomedical Engineering faculty at the University of Ghana, to improve health care in the country, an effort that became more urgent with COVID-19. He and his prior PhD student Craig Smallwood developed a low-cost expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) device that would use the energy of expelling breath to create pressure in patients’ lungs, increasing their function and capacity. After developing and testing prototypes, the team shipped five prototype EPAP devices to Ghana on March 30, 2020.

Students Traveled to Ethiopia to Design Low-Cost Medical Equipment

Students from the Innovators for Global Health student group spent their spring break in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia helping the second largest hospital in the country design low-cost medical devices that could be made and maintained with locally sources parts.

Ruberti Awarded Grant for Low-Cost COVID-19 Diagnostics Testing

BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti, in collaboration with the University of California-Los Angeles and University of Massachusetts Amherst, was awarded a $150K NSF RAPID grant for “Low-Cost, Non-invasive, Fast Sample Collection System for COVID-19 Viral Load Level Diagnosis: Point-of-Care and Environmental Testing.”