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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

Revolutionizing the Tissue Repair Process

BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti and mechanical engineering alum Jeff Paten, PhD’14, created the spinoff company BrilliantStrings Therapeutics to develop a new process to repair soft tissue.

Jiahe Li

Li Receives Grant to Protect Against Poultry Diseases

The laboratory of BioE Assistant Professor JIahe Li received an industry grant from Eco Animal Science in the United Kingdom, one of the largest global animal health companies, to develop genetically modified probiotics against enteric diseases in poultry.

Nature Biotechnology published a framework for multiplicative scaling of single-cell proteomics developed in the Slavov Laboratory

The laboratory of Allen Distinguished Investigator and BioE Associate Professor Nikolai Slavov published “Increasing the throughput of sensitive proteomics by plexDIA” in Nature Biotechnology.

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”.