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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, 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

$24M

external research awards (2020-2022)

10

young investigator awards

11

professional society fellowships

37

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

Using Impact Engine Funds to Capture Real-Time ICU Data

BioE/Khoury/Bouve Professor Rai Winslow is leading the project HEART (Healthcare Enabled by AI in Real-Time), from Northeastern’s Impact Engine program, which uses machine learning to collect data from ICU patients to predict any complications. Roux Institute researcher to capture real-time data from ICU monitors for better patient outcomes Main photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images Bedside […]

Announcing Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awards. This extraordinary group of students is taking on a range of exciting projects, from exploring axolotl limb regeneration to building a snake-inspired robot to understanding accessibility on Broadway. ASCENT AWARDS Justin Almendral COE’24, “Wearable Art” Mentor: […]

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.