Translational Research and Education Opportunities

Clinical Partners

Many of our faculty and students are involved in partnerships with clinical institutions, which enable them to gain access to fellowships, hands-on research, interdisciplinary collaborations, and entrepreneurial activity. These partnerships include:

Bioengineering was a driving force in the creation of the nation's first engineering-based school of medicine, the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, which welcomed its first cohort of medical students in July 2018. Fourteen Bioengineering professors are also faculty members with Carle Illinois.


Engineering-based medical school in the world 


The Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is built at the intersection of engineering and medicine, with courses designed by a team composed of a basic scientist, clinician, and engineer. The curriculum infuses basic sciences, clinical sciences, engineering and innovation, and medical humanities into all four years. The college places high value on patient-centered care, systems-based delivery, innovation and research, and early clinical exposure. A partnership between UIUC and Urbana-based Carle Health, the college graduated its first class of physician innovators in the Spring of 2022.

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