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Measure, Model, Make

A rapidly growing and ever-evolving field of study, bioengineering combines engineering and the life sciences in ways that advance scientific discovery, healthcare and medicine, manufacturing, agriculture, education and policy.

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By applying engineering principles to our understanding of biological systems, we are tackling the significant challenges of the 21st century.

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Stanford Bioengineering is dedicated to discoveries and innovations that impact the world. Our wide, ever-expanding range of research studies and engineers biology at many levels:  molecules, cells, tissues, and organs.

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Learn more about Stanford Bioengineering from our community. 

Stanford Bioengineering student Emilie Kono
Undergraduate Student

Emilie Kono

"I’m fascinated by synthetic biology; it has the power to solve many problems, both in human health and the health of our planet ... we can feed people in a more sustainable way that doesn’t harm our planet."

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Janelle Kaneda
Coterm Masters Student

Janelle Kaneda

“The thing that inspires me about engineering is seeing all the new work happening at the intersection of engineering fields. This holds especially true for bioengineering, because it touches so many other fields.”

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Ziv Lautman
Masters Student

Ziv Lautman

“To me, being an engineer is having the ability to design and build something while understanding the underlying principle of it — the physics, the chemistry, the biology and even the software.”

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PhD Candidate

Tim Schnabel

"Finding a better way to produce nitrogen fertilizer is one of those huge challenges that requires tenacity and a willingness to break the problem down and solve one piece at a time. Doing that is what makes me an engineer."

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The Future of Everything

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Stanford Bioengineering Professor Russ Altman explores how technology, science and medicine are shaping our lives, in his podcast series.

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Future of Everything episode (Nov 2020)

Kwabena Boahen: How to build a super-efficient super-computer

Could new-age computer chips, modeled on the how the human brain works, empower a watershed for artificial intelligence? 

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Future of Everything episode (Oct 2020)

Markus Covert: How to build a computer model of a cell

A bioengineer sets out to create a computer simulation of a single living cell and comes to grips with the remarkable complexity that is life.


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Future of Everything episode (May 2020)

Megan Palmer: COVID-19’s scientific silver lining

An expert in biopolicy offers insight on today’s COVID-19 crisis and hope that leaders in policy, science and security can unite to prevent the next pandemic.