Department Head's Message

Dr. Rashid Bashir, Department Head
Dr. Rashid Bashir, Department Head
The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is in a very exciting phase of growth, and thanks to the recent $100 million Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative gift, we anticipate a future of continued growth, including the addition of many senior faculty hires.

The field of bioengineering is transforming health, medicine and biology, and translational bioengineering is poised to become a major nationwide focus. Challenges in cancer, neuroscience, age-related diseases, and global health are waiting for bioengineers to make a significant, lasting impact. Systems-level thinking and approaches, enabled by computation, sensing, and feedback controls, will be critical to solving complex biomedical problems.

In light of groundbreaking discoveries and innovations from Illinois in the past, such as the first graphical web browser, visible LED, plasma displays, Paypal, YouTube, MRI, and others, expectations for Bioengineering at Illinois are high.

Illinois has a history of longstanding strengths in imaging, biosensors and bionanotechnology, mechanobiology, and biophysics, and growing strengths in synthetic biology, computational and systems medicine, and regenerative medicine. And our bioengineering faculty have established important partnerships with interdisciplinary research institutes and facilities on campus such as the Institute of Genomic Biology, Beckman Institute, Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, Materials Research Lab, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – along with increasing clinical collaborations at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Now is an opportune time to be involved in Bioengineering at Illinois, as it is ideally positioned to achieve worldwide aspirations of having a profound biomedical and translational impact on medicine and health. 

Rashid Bashir
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Head, Department of Bioengineering
Interim Vice Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Professor of Bioengineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering