Featured Research

Research in our department extends across campus through interdisciplinary and inter-school collaborations.  Our faculty observe, simulate, and manipulate living systems in many length scales, from the molecular to the physiome.  They seek to understand fundamental biological processes and to translate this new knowledge to improve medicine and human health.

Jason BurdickPenn engineers and physicians work together to improve patient health

Physicians know that once a patient has a heart attack, he or she is at increased risk for developing heart failure. Jason A. Burdick, associate professor in Bioengineering, has been working collaboratively with brothers Robert C. Gorman and Joseph H. Gorman III, both professors of Surgery at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, to determine the ideal bulking agents that can adequately and effectively thicken the myocardium. Learn more...

Andrew TsourkasImproving disease detection in clinical settings

The rapid advancement in our understanding of the regulatory and signaling pathways responsible for cell growth, differentiation and death has led to the identification of many anomalies in the genome and proteome that can be associated with disease. The research of Andrew Tsourkas, associate professor of Bioengineering, focuses on developing nanosensors that can be used to non-invasively image those molecular markers of disease in a clinical setting.   Learn more...

Ravi RadhakrishnanLaser-like focus on nanotech design

Tiny engineered particles, known as nanocarriers, can hold molecules in their hollow interiors and be targeted to specific tissue types by means of the antibodies on their exteriors. A Penn team led by Ravi Radhakrishnan, associate professor in Bioengineering and in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was recognized by the National Science Foundation for the development of computer models that will be instrumental in improving the design of nanocarriers.  Learn more...