Our interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Bioengineering draws on faculty across the university and reflects the significant strengths of bioengineering research in multiple areas. Students accepted to the Bioengineering program will undertake a rigorous core curriculum in basic bioengineering science followed by an immersion track curriculum. There are currently eight tracks from which to choose:
- Track 1: Bioimaging and Signal Processing
- Track 2: Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
- Track 3: BioMEMs/BioNANO
- Track 4: Biochemical and Bioenvironmental Engineering
- Track 5: Motor Control
- Track 6: Biocomputing
- Track 7: Cell and Tissue Engineering
- Track 0: General Bioengineering Studies
Biology can inspire engineering. Increasingly, discoveries in the life sciences reveal processes, complexity and control without analogy in the limited world of traditional engineering. Current methods of producing nanoscale control over molecules cannot reproduce the organization found in even the simplest organisms. Energy capture, robust control, remediation and self-assembly are all employed with efficiency unparalleled by anything in today’s laboratories. At the same time, traditional engineering disciplines struggle to find new and complex challenges. The last fifty years of basic life science research have gradually peeled the layers of complexity from biological processes, unmasking the fundamental underpinnings on which biological systems are constructed. Bioinspired engineering has the potential to transform the technological landscape of the 21st Century. Astonishingly, it represents merely one of the myriad opportunities presented at the interface of biology and engineering.
The field of bioengineering is broad and includes all research at the interface of Engineering and Biology—this includes bioprocesses, environmental microbiology, biomaterials and tissue engineering, bioelectricity, biomechanics, biomedical and biological imaging, nanotechnology in medicine and the environment and engineering design for human interfacing. At Northeastern, Bioengineering PhD students will be trained to appreciate advances in bioengineering across a wide range of disciplines while they perform highly-focused and cutting-edge bioengineering research with one of our many affiliated faculty.
The Ph.D. programs' student learning outcomes are:
- A graduate-level understanding of basic disciplinary concepts.
- Ability to formulate a research plan.
- Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
- Ability to conduct independent research.