In the laboratory of Dan Huh, Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, research using tissue modeling has led the team to send their lung-on-a-chip to the International Space Station to study infections in a microgravity environment.

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Penn Bioengineering Junior Shreya Parchure Named Goldwater Scholar

Shreya Parchure is one of four juniors at the University of Pennsylvania who have been selected as Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides scholarships of as much as $7,500 to undergraduate students interested in pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Read More

A Record 15 BE Students Receive 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The Department of Bioengineering at Penn is incredibly proud of its fifteen current and future graduate student recipients of the 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). The prestigious NSF GRFP program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported fields. Continue reading for a list of 2020 recipients and descriptions of their research. READ MORE

Danielle Bassett Among Science’s ‘Favorite Photos of 2019’

Danielle Bassett, J. Peter Skirkanich Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, poses underneath a giant visualization of the brain’s structural connections, projected on the wall behind her. Bassett’s research combines elements of physics, mathematics, engineering and neuroscience to provide a new look at how brain function arises from these networks of neurons. Read More

How the Bioengineering Department’s Bio-MakerSpace Became a Hub for Start-Ups

The George H. Stephenson Foundation Educational Laboratory and Bio-MakerSpace, more commonly known as the Bio-MakerSpace, has recently become a hub for Penn student start-ups that continue after graduation. Beyond offering a home base for projects by Bioengineering majors, the lab is also open to Penn students, regardless of major. Unlike other departmental undergraduate labs, the Bio-MakerSpace encourages interdisciplinary projects and collaborations from students across  all different majors. Read More

Penn Nanoparticles are Less Toxic to T Cells Engineered for Cancer Immunotherapy

Penn researchers, led by Michael Mitchell, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Margaret Billingsley, a graduate student in his lab, have demonstrated a new engineering technique that, because it is less toxic to the T cells, could enable a different mechanism for altering the way they recognize cancer, and could have fewer side effects for patients. Read More

Alex Hughes Receives the First MIRA Award of Penn SEAS

We would like to congratulate Assistant Professor in Bioengineering Alex Hughes, Ph.D., on receiving the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds investigators to create flexible and forward-thinking research programs. Hughes is the first recipient of this award in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, marking a major accomplishment for him and his labRead More

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Why Penn Bioengineering?

Welcome to Penn, home to one of the oldest and most successful bioengineering departments in the United States. Our undergraduate and graduate programs consistently rate among the top 10 in the country. Bioengineering capitalizes on Penn’s great institutional strengths, including a compact urban campus of 12 separate schools, geographic proximity linking the engineering and medical schools within one city block, and a collaborative, integrated environment.

Penn Bioengineering endorses the University’s commitment to diversity outlined in the Penn Compact 2020. We strive to attract a diverse community of students, faculty and staff in order to provide an accessible, rigorous engineering education for our students, and to improve our local and global communities through engineering education and research. Read More


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