Cell, Molecular, and Systems Bioengineering

Bioengineering applies a powerful set of engineering tools to the study of molecular mechanisms, cellular function, and systems biology. Work in mechanobiology, the study of the interrelationship between mechanical forces and cell biology, is carried out in studying cell mechanosensing, cancer cell metastasis, extracellular matrix mechanics, and molecular motors. Cell signaling is investigated to learn the fundamental mechanisms, dysfunction in cancer, avenues for treatment, and triggers for stem cell differentiation. These studies use techniques from traditional cell and molecular biology, advanced microscopy and biophotonics tools, and bioinformatics approaches, and overlap with regenerative medicine and drug delivery thrusts.

Active Biomaterials Lab

igor aronson

Igor Aronson

Musculoskeletal Regenerative Engineering Lab

justin brown

Justin Brown

Mechanobiology Lab

peter butler

Peter Butler

Cellular Biomechanics Lab

cheng dong lab

Cheng Dong

Molecular Biomechanics Lab

william hancock

William Hancock

Precision Therapeutics and Bioresponsive Materials Lab

scott medina

Scott Medina

Systems and Synthetic Biology Lab

justin prichard

Justin Pritchard

Multiscale Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Lab

spencer szczesny

Spencer Szczesny

Biomolecular and Biomimetic Materials Lab

yong wang

Yong Wang

Systematic Bioengineering Lab

pak kin wong

Pak Kin Wong

Micro and Nano Integrated Biosystem Lab

Siyang Zheng

Research Areas in Bioengineering


The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614