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COVID-19 Research Projects

Stanford Bioengineering faculty are currently engaged in projects to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19. Read about COVID-19 Research Projects at Stanford BioE.

About Bioengineering Research

The study of bioengineering applies the principles of engineering to the complexities of biological systems in a fusion of studies that promotes scientific discovery, knowledge, and solutions through research and education. While our faculty and students already represent diverse areas of research, we are equally excited about expanding the frontiers of Bioengineering. We welcome those who wish to lead and pioneer.

Bioengineering students

Measure, Model, Make

Research at Stanford Bioengineering seeks to record the world around us with utmost care and precision, to understand and recreate the phenomenon we witness and to design and develop tools with real and relevant applications.  At its simplest, Stanford Bioengineering pivots on three pillars: Measure, Model, Make. With engineering as a paintbrush and biology as a canvas, Stanford Bioengineering seeks to not only understand, but to create.

OF Biology $1 origami microscope allows many thousands of people to discovery, learn about and study biology (Prakash Lab) Mathematical model allows bioengineers to simulate behavior of an entire cell (Covert Lab) Synthetic molecular motors engineered with gearshifts so that they can move in forward AND reverse (Bryant Lab)
FOR Biology DNA sequencers detect what's happening inside people, from health of fetus to organ transplants to infections (Quake Lab) Advanced algorithms allow better modeling and diagnostic detection in tissues using X-rays and MRI (Pelc Lab) Light-responsive proteins engineered to control neurons, allowing study of brain, neurodisease and muscular systems (Deisseroth and Delp Labs)
WITH Biology Engineered RNA sensors allow non-invasive detection of otherwise invisible metabolites (Smolke Lab) Engineering cells and biomaterials to understand disease and enable tissue regeneration (Heilshorn Lab & Yang Lab) Teenagers grow cell phone cases using mushrooms (BIOE.80; Endy & Liphardt)


Our researchers and scholars have access to world-class research facilities and support from a number of foundations, institutions, and individuals.

One of nine such programs nationwide, the Stanford Coulter Translational Research Grants awards up to $800,000 a year to Bioengineering faculty members and their clinician research collaborators from the School of Medicine. Together, these teams of co-investigators work to develop new technologies that address unmet clinical needs, improve health care, and lead to commercially available products.

BioE Faculty Talks

A selection of talks by Stanford Bioengineering faculty is provided in the playlist below