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Inherently Interdisciplinary

At the interface of engineering and medicine, bioengineering is an inherently interdisciplinary field with societal impact. With a focus on development of an entirely new classes of products, instrumentation, and implants, the field of bioengineering is poised for growth with the impact to human health extraordinary.

Innovative Education and Research
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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education. From project based coursework and teaching labs to research opportunities and co-op there is a range of opportunities to apply classroom learning to the real world.

BS, MS, and PhD Degrees
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Innovative Research

Students work alongside highly accomplished faculty conducting research in state-of-the-art labs designed for interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas that encompass the entire breadth of biological and biomedical engineering.

Research Areas
Capstone Collaborative Makerspace

With a 3000 square foot makerspace including 18 tables and state-of-the-art equipment, undergraduate students have the space, capabilities, and environment to work and innovate together on capstone, research, and teaching projects.

Capstone Design

Spotlight Stories

Kaitlyn Ramesh
BS Bioengineering, 2025

Kaitlyn Ramesh, E’25, bioengineering, received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, one of the nation’s most prestigious, merit-based awards for undergraduate...

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Zachary Hoglund
BS Bioengineering and Biochemistry, 2024

Zachary Hoglund, E’24, bioengineering and biochemistry, is the recipient of the Harold D. Hodgkinson Achievement Award for 2024, one...

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences Member

University Distinguished Professor Eduardo Sontag, ECE/BioE, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his career that has made breakthroughs in the mathematics of nonlinear and complex systems, with repercussions for biomedicine, systems biology, and neural networks.

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Mona Minkara

NSF CAREER Award to Improve Immune Response with AI

BioE Assistant Professor Mona Minkara was awarded a $827,000 NSF CAREER Award for “Decoding the Code of Glycan-Collectin Interactions: Computational Engineering of Surfactant Proteins for Tailored Glycan Recognition.”

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AIMBE Fellow

ChE/BioE Associate Professor Eno Ebong was selected as a 2024 Fellow for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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Engineering In Action

World-Renown Co-op Program

Ella Strzegowski (Bioengineering E’23) embarked on a co-op at Moderna in the fall of 2021, just as the company was applying for its biologics license and COVID-19’s Omicron variant was tearing through the population. Her experience placed her at the epicenter of covid-related research even as the virus—and the world’s response to it—changed by the day.

PhD Research for Impact

Lauren Cole (PhD in Bioengineering) has dedicated her Northeastern research to understanding the medicinal properties of certain plants, especially in the production of chemotherapy drugs. Shedding light on how plants can be engineered to produce these beneficial molecules, she’s shared her research in published journal articles and an award-winning conference presentation.

World-Renown Experiential Learning

Originally from Nigeria, OluwaFemi Koledoye (MS in Bioengineering) pursued a cell and tissue concentration at Northeastern—hoping to return home with the training to bring change to healthcare in West Africa. His hands-on experience of the biopharmaceutical industry, including a co-op, gave him the tools to realize his ambitions.

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

Cell Nuclear Force Probe Reveals Mechanomemory That May Impact Cell Memory and Health

BioE Professor Ning Wang published research in Cell Reports that demonstrates a process of mechanomemory, or response long after applied force has ceased, within a cell’s nucleus. This discovery prompts a prolonged period of activation of a protein complex responsible for gene expression, which can lead to making new proteins and potentially healthier cells.

Lei Wang

Developing Methods to Control Cell-State Transitions

BioE/COS Assistant Professor Lei Wang’s research on “Sensing and Guiding Cell-state Transitions by Using Genetically Encoded Endoribonuclease-mediated MicroRNA Sensors” was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Improving the Smell of Composting

A team of bioengineering students are participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation global competition that showcases synthetic biology projects. The iGEM student team is developing a solution that would make compost smell like mint and lavender by targeting the microbial process. They also recently received a PEAK Experience Award from Northeastern.

New AI Architecture Can Detect Breast Cancer With a Near-Perfect Accuracy Rate

BioE Assistant Research Professor Saeed Amal and his research team have developed a new AI architecture that has detected breast cancer with a 99.7% accuracy rate. His research was published in the journal Cancers. He has submitted an invention disclosure with the Center for Research Innovation on the idea.