Primary work in bioengineering at SEAS includes: understanding aspects of biological function at various levels (such as biofluidics and cell mechanics); and tackling medical problems by developing instruments and devices that, for example, mimic biological organs (such as functional tissues) or assist in healthcare (such as drug-delivery devices).
Harvard's overall efforts in bioengineering span various departments, programs, and institutes including:
- Cell Biology
- Chemical and Chemical Biology
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
- Systems Biology
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
One of the most exciting developments towards supporting such activity is the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The effort will function as the cornerstone of Harvard’s broader efforts in bioengineering.
Further, the bioengineering and life sciences research environment in the Cambridge-Boston area is one of the richest in the nation, with leading science and engineering institutions, world-renowned medical schools and hospitals, and a large concentration of biotechnology companies.