Research & Impact
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.
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.
Making progress in COVID research
Stanford Bioengineering labs are actively engaged in projects to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19. These research projects include innovations in ventilator designs, development of serologic testing and diagnostic standards, application of computational screens and AI algorithms, and more.
COVID-19 Seminar Talks
This series of talks feature Bioengineering faculty and other research leaders, with the latest news on how labs are working on ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat the virus. By sharing and collaborating, we can make great progress together.Watch Highlight Videos
Translational Research and Education Programs
Stories & Voices from Faculty
“ My first computer was essentially a glorified electronic calculator that could run BASIC programs ... ”
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.
Stories & Voices from Students
“ I was in 9th grade when my stepdad’s oral cancer returned. I remember feeling helpless because ... ”