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Shvartsman img08The way Eric Wieschaus, Princeton biologist and Nobel Laureate, describes it, collaborations and discussions around bioengineering at Princeton University are like cities that arise at the border of two countries. The sometimes-chaotic mix of cultures and ideas creates a nexus of creativity and progress. The rich opportunities, in turn, attract more people who might not even be from the originating areas.

At Princeton, low barriers between academic disciplines and a collaborative spirit among faculty and students creates a unique approach to bioengineering. In some cases, engineers are using their quantitative expertise in complex systems or mechanics to make fundamental discoveries about growth and structure in living organisms.  In others, engineers are creating tools that will bring needed advances for human health.  The bottom line is that faculty and students are empowered to assemble whatever expertise they need to solve a problem, whether a fundamental question of science or a pressing problem in human health.

Although often difficult to categorize, research in bioengineering at Princeton tents to fall into several broad categories:

Biomolecular Engineering

Cellular Engineering

Enabling Technologies

Network Engineering

Tissues and Organisms

A unifying program is the Graduate Certificate in Bioengineering. We encourage prospective students to browse these research areas, follow the links to faculty pages and apply for admission to the department that most closely aligns with your interests. No matter what your academic choice, the incredible breadth and depth of expertise at Princeton will be open to you.

–Text adapted from the Summer 2014 EQuad News