Bioengineering at Illinois flourishes within a collaborative research and teaching environment that boasts more than 60 outstanding faculty from several colleges at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Those researchers and instructors -- who also are involved in entrepreneurial efforts at the UI Research Park and with clinical partners such as Mayo Clinic -- conduct interdisciplinary bioengineering research that answers big questions and solves complex problems in human health and disease.

Faculty and students at Illinois have access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art facilities throughout the College of Engineering and in the campus’ world-renowned facilities, which include the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Institute for Genomic Biology and a number of NSF- and NIH-funded centers that provide valuable support for bioengineering research.

Faculty and Research Areas

The Department of Bioengineering offers a multi-disciplinary, cross-collaborative program that is focused on a new view of human health and disease. Working within five strategic areas, the following bioengineering department faculty (in boldface) and graduate program faculty are developing new technologies that will fundamentally change how medicine is practiced in the 21st century:


Developing molecular scale materials to Lab-on-Chip devices to sense, manipulate, and reengineer molecular and cellular structure and function

Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering

Drug delivery, stem cell engineering, development of biomaterials, and approaches for regenerative medicine, aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of disease

Computational Bioengineering

Computational medicine, systems biology, and computational biophysics - utilizing high-performance computation, large-scale informatics, and control systems to very large-scale complex systems of cell networks to generate a new understanding of human health

Synthetic Bioengineering

Forward engineering and design using biological components at all scales, both in-vitro and in-vivo, with applications in human health, and sustainability


Bioengineering Graduate Program: Partnerships with Campus Research Institutes and Labs

Bioengineering Graduate Program at Illinois; five focus areas and their connections to institutes and centers: Bio-Micro-Nanotechnology to MRL and MNTL; Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering to IGB; Synthetic Bioengineering to IGB; Computational Bioengineering to IGB and NCSA; and Bioimaging at Multi-scale to Beckman Institute.