Ph.D. Student Handbook

Introduction to Bioengineering

Welcome to the Bioengineering Department! This handbook is designed to give new Bioengineering Ph.D. students a brief history and overview of the Bioengineering department at Penn along with important guidelines for successfully completing the Bioengineering Ph.D. program. In addition to this handbook there are several helpful resources available online:

The Graduate Group Chair, Dr. Yale Cohen, or the Graduate Program Coordinator, Kathleen Venit, can assist you with any special questions or individual concerns not covered in the handbook:


Yale Cohen, Ph.D.
Chair, IACUC
Director, OAW
Chair, Bioengineering Graduate Group
Department of Otorhinolaryngology:
Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3400 Spruce – 5 Ravdin
Kathleen Venit
Associate Director, Graduate Programs
Dept. of Bioengineering
Office: 240 SKH
Phone: 215-746-8604

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the rules, procedures, and requirements of the Department, SEAS, and the University of Pennsylvania.