Affiliated Centers + Institutes

Bioengineering faculty are involved in many interdisciplinary research centers and institutes that span across all SEAS departments and foster collaborations that make possible discoveries requiring many fields of expertise. They are also members of many centers and institutes in the medical school and university as a whole (see right column). For complete descriptions of our affiliated Engineering centers, see the summaries below.

  • Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)

    Eric Stach, Director

    The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is the intellectual focal point of materials research at Penn. It hosts the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC), which consists of five Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) plus selected seed projects. The MRSEC provides crucial support for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students drawn from different disciplines, to tackle complex materials science projects that can only be addressed in a truly collaborative mode.

  • Penn Center for Molecular Discovery (PCMD)

    Scott Diamond, Director

    The Penn Center for Molecular Discovery (PCMD) is a multi-disciplinary center that screens small molecules from around the world in search of new, potentially useful biologically effective agents. The Penn Center for Molecular Discovery is housed within the Institute for Medicine and Engineering.