Department ofBioengineering

Department of Bioengineering

Advance medical and biological frontiers

Bioengineers create new biomedical technologies that result in smart, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to diagnose and treat human disease.

From developing miniaturized and implantable microfluidic devices and imaging technology for disease diagnosis, to researching how to fight "superbugs" that have become immune to antibiotics, our faculty and staff are at the forefront of bioengineering. They'll mentor you as you work side-by-side with them in their labs.

Our undergraduate program offers three tracks—Biomolecular, Pre-Med, and Medical Device—that prepare you for a wide array of careers, from law to medicine to biotech. Stay an extra year to earn a combined B.S./M.S. degree or join us for your M.S. in Bioengineering and pursue advanced study in medical devices/bioinstrumentation and molecular and cellular bioengineering.

  • Delivering the Goods

    Bioengineering undergraduate Grace Ling and Assistant Professor Bill Lu, M.D., Ph.D., are testing a new method of gene therapy that safely delivers DNA to mutated cells without using viruses for transport, as is the current norm.

    • Genentech’s Generosity Benefits Bioengineering

      Thanks to Genentech’s generous donation of an Agilent high performance liquid chromatography system, SCU bioengineering students will work on the same equipment used in the field by a world leader in pharmaceutical discovery and biotechnology innovation.

      • Paul Davison: Alumnus, Adjunct, Advisor

        Paul Davison ’08, M.S. Engineering Management and Leadership, has successfully developed and commercialized more than 25 medical devices and holds 14 patents. Aside from his industry contribution, he also serves as an adjunct lecturer and member of the Department of Bioengineering Advisory Board.

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        Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer (Biomechanics) Position Available
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        Chair: Zhiwen Zhang
        Administrative Assistant: Matthew Blanco

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        Connections between biology, chemistry, and other disciplines provide exciting research opportunities, place SCU's curriculum on the leading edge, and enrich the student experience. The labs of professors Prashanth Asuri and Amelia Fuller, and the undergraduate students who assist their research, exemplify these multidisciplinary partnerships.