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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Grapevine Wins 2022 President's Innovation Prize

A Penn Bioengineering graduate is behind one of the prize-winning projects awarded 2022 President’s Engagement, Innovation, and Sustainability Prizes. Grapevine, winner of the President’s Innovation Prize, aims to increase resilience within the healthcare supply chain. BE graduating senior Lukas Achilles Yancopoulos and his partner William Kohler Danon created Grapevine, and Lukas went on to adapt the Grapevine software into his award-winning senior design project Harvest by Grapevine along with team members Nicole Bedanova, Kerry Blatney, Blake Grimes, Brenner Maull. Grapevine was mentored by David F. Meaney, Solomon R. Pollack Professor in Bioengineering and Senior Associate Dean of Penn Engineering. READ MORE

Laila Barakat Norford Named Goldwater Scholar

Five Penn undergraduates received 2022 Goldwater Scholarships, including Laila Barakat Norford, a third year student from Wayne, Pennsylvania. Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to sophomores or juniors planning research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Norford is majoring in bioengineering with minors in computer science and bioethics in Penn Engineering. As a Rachleff Scholar, Norford has been engaged in systems biology research since her first year. Her current research uses machine learning to predict cell types in intestinal organoids from live-cell images, enabling the mechanisms of development and disease to be characterized in detail. READ MORE

Jennifer Cremins Wins ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator

Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, Associate Professor and Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Bioengineering and Genetics, has been awarded the 2022 Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator by the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), the preeminent, global organization dedicated to stem cells research. This award recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in stem cell research. Cremins works in the field of epigenetics, and is a pioneer in understanding how chromatin,  the substance within a chromosome, works. READ MORE

Michael Mitchell Receives the 2022 SFB Young Investigator Award

Michael Mitchell, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded the 2022 Society for Biomaterials (SFB) Young Investigator Award for his “outstanding achievements in the field of biomaterials research.” Mitchell, whose research lies at the interface of biomaterials science, drug delivery, and cellular and molecular bioengineering to fundamentally understand and therapeutically target biological barriers, is specifically being recognized for his development of the first nanoparticle RNAi therapy to treat multiple myeloma, an incurable hematologic cancer that colonizes in bone marrow. READ MORE

Penn Engineers Develop a New Method that Could Enable a Patient’s Own Antibodies to Eliminate Their Tumors

A recent study, published in Science Advances, was led by Andrew Tsourkas, Professor in Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Center for Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine (CT3N), who had what he describes as a “crazy idea” to use a patient’s antibodies to find and treat their own tumors, taking advantage of the immune system’s innate ability to identify tumors as foreign. This study, spearheaded by Burcin Altun, a former postdoctoral researcher in Tsourkas’s lab, and continued and completed by Fabiana Zappala, a former graduate student in Penn Bioengineering, details their new method for site-specifically labeling “off-the-shelf” and native serum autoantibodies with T cell–redirecting domains. READ MORE

2022 Penn Engineering Senior Design Competition Winners

A pair of Bioengineering Senior Design teams have won two of the four annual interdepartmental Penn Engineering Senior Design Competition awards. Team Modulo Prosthetics won the Technology & Innovation Award for their adjustable, low-cost, thumb prosthetic with integrated haptic feedback. Team ReiniSpec won the Leadership Award for their redesigned speculum to improve the gynecological exam experience, increasing patient comfort. READ MORE

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Maddie Magee Award for Undergraduate Excellence

The Penn Engineering community is heartbroken by the unexpected passing of Madison “Maddie” N. Magee (MEAM BS '21, BE MS '21) on May 28, 2022. Maddie was full of life and promise and brought unmatched enthusiasm and energy to everything she did. She carved her own path as a student at Penn and had a profound and lasting impact on many students, faculty, and staff. To remember and celebrate Maddie, we are establishing the Maddie Magee Award for Undergraduate Excellence. The award will be given annually to a Penn Engineering senior who best exemplifies the energy, enthusiasm, and excellence that was Maddie.

Update 8/1/22: We are happy to share with you that as of August 1, we have successfully raised $30,314 for the award. If we are able to reach $50,000, we can endow the Maddie Magee Award in perpetuity.

Update 9/15/22: Update: We are happy to share with you that as of mid-September, we have successfully raised $42,229. for the award. If we are able to reach $50,000, we can endow the Maddie Magee Award in perpetuity. Please help us reach this goal!

Bioengineering Tenured or Tenure-Track Positions 2023

The Department of Bioengineering is engaged in a multi-year effort to fill tenure-track and tenured positions at the Assistant, Associate and Full Professor levels.

The University of Pennsylvania provides unique opportunities for multidisciplinary research. Bioengineering is prominent in the strategic plans of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the University emphasizing integrative research in all aspects of human health that range from fundamental to translational research. All of Penn’s twelve schools are situated on one campus making it an ideal environment for multidisciplinary research. Bioengineering seeks to enhance its integrative research and educational programs. We are especially interested in candidates whose interests are aligned with the school’s strategic plan.

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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