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With engineering as our paintbrush and biology as our canvas, Stanford Bioengineering seeks not only to understand but also to create.

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Research at Stanford Bioengineering seeks to measure and understand the world around us with utmost care and precision, to recreate the phenomena we witness, and to design tools and approaches with real applications that impact humanity.

From developing the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome to engineering a 50-cent microscope to improve access to scientific learning, 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.

Expanding the Frontiers of Bioengineering


Diverse Research Areas

Measure, Model, Make. At its simplest, our research pivots on these three pillars at the intersections of, for, and with biology.

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Interdisciplinary Labs

Led by faculty, our labs conduct translational and entrepreneurial research that connects engineering and life sciences.

Research Centers & Facilities

State-of-the-art facilities and access to Stanford University’s schools of Medicine and Engineering offer bioengineering students unparalleled resources.

Research Centers & Facilities 

Translational Research and Education Programs

Stanford | Synthetic Biology

The Stanford Synthetic Biology (SB) community enables inter- and ante-disciplinary activities supporting an ecosystem of research and learning. Our holistic approach tracks across and among diverse areas of work, each exploring fundamental questions or possibilities while addressing societal needs or human wishes.

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Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grants Program

The Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grants Program awards up to $800,000 a year to Bioengineering faculty members and their clinician researcher collaborators from the School of Medicine to develop new technologies that lead to commercially available products.

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Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Biodesign focuses on building resources to support invention and technology transfer in the biomedical technology area. It provides faculty and students access to professionals in health care technology, along with patenting, prototyping, regulatory and other resources.

Stories & Voices from Faculty

Kwabena Boahen
Professor, Bioengineering

“ It’s work that’s interesting because there’s a lot more to uncover. ... ”

Alison Marsden
Alison Marsden
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and of Bioengineering

“ The focus of my lab is to develop tools for simulating the cardiovascular system ... ”

Stanford Bioengineering Assistant Professor Jenn Brophy
Jenn Brophy
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

“ Climate change is my main motivator. We need every available tool trained on this problem ... ”

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Industry Collaboration

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is surrounded by an extraordinary collection of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical technology companies. Stanford Bioengineering benefits from the wealth of mentorship and expertise in the community as well as from the continued support of a number of foundations, agencies, and individuals.

Student Research Opportunities

Many opportunities exist for Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to engage in cutting-edge research with Bioengineering faculty and other faculty across campus. Whether you’re interested in trying out research for one summer or choosing a lab to join for your PhD program, you’ll find the research opportunities to be interdisciplinary, hands-on, and aligned with your academic interests.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Stories & Voices from Students

Caitlyn Miller
Caitlyn Miller
PhD Candidate, Bioengineering

“ I’m continuously amazed at the unpredictable beauty and complexity of biology. ... ”

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