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Research

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, and within their laboratories. 

The department’s research areas of focus include Biomechanics, Biotransport, and Mechanobiology; Biomedical Devices and Bioimaging; Molecular, Cell, and Tissue Engineering; and Systems, Synthetic, and Computational Bioengineering.

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

Research at a Glance


Quick Facts

$36M

external research awards (2021-2023)

18

young investigator awards

13

professional society fellowships

46

Full-time 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

Slowing the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

BioE Associate Professor Nikolai Slavov is investigating methods to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, which is a specific form of dementia.

Spark Fund Award Research to Address Atherosclerosis

ChE/BioE Associate Professor Eno Ebong is using the Spark Funds she received earlier this year to develop a novel therapeutic that targets the glycocalyx to prevent atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease that can lead to secondary cardiovascular events such as strokes or heart attacks.

Developing a Robotic Aquaculture System

BioE/ECE Affiliated Faculty Joseph Ayers, MES/CEE Professor Mark Patterson, CEE Chair Jerome Hajjar, ECE Professor Milica Stojanovic, and CEE/MES Associate Professor Amy Mueller were awarded a patent for “Robotic aquaculture system and methods.”

Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Alzheimer’s Disease

BioE Chair and Professor Lee Makowski, in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, received a $2.1M NIH for “Fibrillar polymorphs in human brain tissue.” The research will use x-ray scanning microscopy to observe changes in the molecular structure of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles during disease with the goal of better understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease.