Bioengineering overview

Bioengineering is the application of life science, physical science, mathematics and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care and other fields. The goal of bioengineering research and education is to advance a fundamental understanding of how human biological systems function and to develop effective technology-based solutions to the wide spectrum of societal needs in human development and disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. 

Our mission 

Bioengineering at Illinois develops innovative engineering, technology, and quantitative methods to address grand challenges in human health and sustainability.

We are building on a foundational expertise in biomolecular imaging, bio-nanotechnology, computation, cellular and tissue engineering, synthetic bioengineering, and healthcare systems engineering, and are focused on detecting and treating cancer, neuro-degeneration, and cardiovascular disease as the most urgent areas of human health issues.

Department at a glance

The department of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is widely regarded for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and for research advances that address grand challenges in medicine and health care. Bioengineering faculty also played key roles in the conceptualization, curriculum design and overall implementation of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world's first engineering-focused medical school. 

“I loved the aspect of having a small major in a big school since it allowed me to have the comfort of a tight-knit community with the opportunities of a big school. ”

Drashti Sikligar
Bioengineering undergraduate student class of 2022


Seniors have found full-time employment or will be enrolled in continuing education by graduation.


NSF CAREER faculty

Research expenditures per tenure track faculty