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Convergent research with collaboration across government, industry, and academia

Faculty conduct research as part of the College of Engineering’s multidisciplinary research centers and institutes, including the Institute for the Chemical Imaging of Living Systems, with funding by eight federal agencies, as well as part of college-wide Research Initiatives, and within their laboratories. 

The department’s research areas of focus include imaging, instrumentation and signal processing; biomechanics, biotransport, and mechanobiology; molecular, cell, and tissue engineering; and computational and systems and synthetic bioengineering.

View faculty profiles for laboratory research as well as our recent Scholarship Reports.

Research at a Glance

Quick Facts


external research awards (2019-2021)


young investigator awards


professional society fellowships


tenured/TT faculty

External Research Funding Examples

  • Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • American Heart Association
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • The Department of Homeland Security

Latest News

DoD Discovery Award to Develop Human Vascular Malformation Model From iPSCs

BioE Associate Professor Guohao Dai received a $314K Discovery Award from the Department of Defense for “Human iPSCs derived 3D perfused model of vascular malformation”.

Research being done in EMERL

Using Spark Fund Award for Active Human Collagen to Promote Rapid Healing

BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti was able to use the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to help commercialize his methods to produce active human collagen.

Guohao Dai, Abby Koppes, Ryan Koppes

$2M NASA Grant To Build Long Lasting Neurovascular Model

BioE Associate Professor Guohao Dai, ChE Associate Professor Abigail Koppes, and ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes received a $2M grant from NASA titled “Bioengineer Long-lasting 3D Neurovascular Microphysiological System to Model Chronic Inflammation-mediated Neurodegeneration”.

Mark Niedre and Chiara Bellini

Research to Help Unlock the Mystery of How Cancer Spreads

Bioengineering Professor Mark Niedre and Assistant Professor Chiara Bellini received a 5-year, $2.7M grant titled “Continuous, Non-Invasive Optical Monitoring of Circulating Tumor Cell-Mediated Metastasis in Awake Mice” from the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health. The project will develop a new instrument (“w-DiFC”) for optically detecting and counting rare circulating tumor cells continuously and non-invasively in awake, freely-moving mice.