Bioengineering at Illinois flourishes within a collaborative research and teaching environment that boasts more than 60 outstanding faculty from several colleges at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Those researchers and instructors -- who also are involved in entrepreneurial efforts at the UI Research Park and with clinical partners such as Mayo Clinic -- conduct interdisciplinary bioengineering research that answers big questions and solves complex problems in human health and disease.
Faculty and students at Illinois have access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art facilities throughout the College of Engineering and in the campus’ world-renowned facilities, which include the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Institute for Genomic Biology and a number of NSF- and NIH-funded centers that provide valuable support for bioengineering research.
Faculty and Research Areas
The Department of Bioengineering offers a multi-disciplinary, cross-collaborative program that is focused on a new view of human health and disease. Working within five strategic areas, the following bioengineering department faculty (in boldface) and graduate program faculty are developing new technologies that will fundamentally change how medicine is practiced in the 21st century:
Developing technologies for quantitative imaging of the structure and function of biological systems
Developing molecular scale materials to Lab-on-Chip devices to sense, manipulate, and reengineer molecular and cellular structure and function
Drug delivery, stem cell engineering, development of biomaterials, and approaches for regenerative medicine, aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of disease
Computational medicine, systems biology, and computational biophysics - utilizing high-performance computation, large-scale informatics, and control systems to very large-scale complex systems of cell networks to generate a new understanding of human health
Forward engineering and design using biological components at all scales, both in-vitro and in-vivo, with applications in human health, and sustainability
Bioengineering Graduate Program: Partnerships with Campus Research Institutes and Labs