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Convergent research with collaboration across government, industry, and academia


The Department leads a university-wide research institute and focuses research areas in core disciplines that remain the backbone of the disciplinary work and represent the breadth of topics covered by the department within bioengineering.

Additionally, faculty conduct research as part of the College of Engineering’s multidisciplinary research centers and institutes with funding by eight federal agencies, as well as part of college-wide Research Initiatives, and within their laboratories. View faculty profiles for laboratory research as well as our recent Scholarship Reports.

Research at a Glance

Institute for the Chemical Imaging of Living Systems

The Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems 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. At its core is an imaging center open to the Northeastern community.

Research Institute

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Research Areas

For an overview of the research by area and by faculty member conducted in our department, download our Research at a Glance presentation.

Latest News

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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.

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.”

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Optimizing Mechanical Loading in Bone Formation

MIE/BioE Professor Sandra Shefelbine and COS Associate Professor James Monaghan were awarded a $650K NSF grant for “Manipulating Fluid Flow in Mechanoadaptation of Bone.”

REU Award for Modeling SARS-CoV-2 Proteins

BioE Affiliated Faculty Mary Jo Ondrechen, Assistant Professor Mona Minkara, and COS Assistant Professor Steven Lopez were awarded a $73K NSF RAPID grant for “Undergraduate Research in Modeling and Computation for Discovery of Molecular Probes for SARS-CoV-2 Proteins.”