Finding a Balance – at Home and in the Lab
Finding a Balance – at Home and in the Lab

Bioengineering Professor Rakie Cham spends her days researching how to prevent falls and mentoring junior faculty, before returning to her busy home life

Using 3D Modeling to Stop Cancer’s Spread
Using 3D Modeling to Stop Cancer’s Spread

Pitt researchers receive $792k to discover new therapeutic targets in metastatic ovarian cancer

Actin’ like Winners
Actin’ like Winners

Swanson School and Medicine teams win top prizes at the 2022 Pitt Innovation Challenge Awards

Using Artificial Intelligence to Build a Better Organoid
Using Artificial Intelligence to Build a Better Organoid

New technology will allow 3D printing of structures that mimic functions of human organs

Gut in a Capsule - The Microbiome as Medicine
Gut in a Capsule - The Microbiome as Medicine

Pitt Chemical Engineer Tagbo Niepa Receives $2M from the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for Work Manipulating the Human Microbiome

The Mysterious Mechanics of Morphogenesis
The Mysterious Mechanics of Morphogenesis

Pitt Bioengineer Lance Davidson Receives $2.2M from NIH to Continue Study of Embryo Organ Development

Pitt Startup ALung Joins LivaNova
Pitt Startup ALung Joins LivaNova

LivaNova exec talks about the value of university research and bringing ALung into the fold

Capturing Cortical Connectivity Close-Up
Capturing Cortical Connectivity Close-Up

Pitt Research Proposes New Method to Study Neural Networks in Living Brains

Transforming Women's Health
Transforming Women's Health

Synergy between Pitt Bioengineering, School of Medicine, and UPMC are focused on improving women's everyday lives

Understanding Bacterial Biofilms
Understanding Bacterial Biofilms

Tagbo Niepa Receives $663K NSF CAREER Award for Work on Biofilm Micromechanics and Metabolic Properties

A Non-Invasive Way to Predict Heart Attack and Stroke
A Non-Invasive Way to Predict Heart Attack and Stroke

Pitt’s Kang Kim Receives Nearly $3 Million in NIH Funding to Detect Dangerous Atherosclerotic Plaques Using Super-Resolution Ultrasound

Untangling Mixed (Neural) Signals
Untangling Mixed (Neural) Signals

New Research Published in Current Biology Shows How “Polyglot” Neurons Encode and Decode Sensorimotor “Chatter”

Improving Vascular Graft Integration into the Body
Improving Vascular Graft Integration into the Body

Pitt bioengineer Jonathan Vande Geest leads a collaborative effort to improve function of small-diameter tissue-engineered vascular grafts

Creating Good Friction: Pitt engineers aim to make floors less slippery
Creating Good Friction: Pitt engineers aim to make floors less slippery

Swanson School collaborators Kurt Beschorner and Tevis Jacobs will use a NIOSH award to measure floor-surface topography and create a predictive model of friction

Bridging Campuses and Increasing Opportunities in STEM
Bridging Campuses and Increasing Opportunities in STEM

Pitt and CMU will offer a joint MS-to-PhD program focused on AI, robotics, and neural engineering to increase the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering

Rural Health Centers Can Breathe Easy With the O2 Cube
Rural Health Centers Can Breathe Easy With the O2 Cube

The durable, solar-powered device is a cost-effective option to make medical oxygen more accessible in developing nations, and it received $50K at the Pitt Innovation Challenge

Newly Patented Device Anchored in 50+ Years of Musculoskeletal Research
Newly Patented Device Anchored in 50+ Years of Musculoskeletal Research

A patent was issued for a magnesium-based suture anchor device developed by Pitt bioengineers and led by Dr. Savio L-Y. Woo

Welcome to the Bioengineering Department

The Department of Bioengineering combines hands-on experience with the solid fundamentals that students need to advance themselves in research, medicine, and industry. The Department has a long-standing and unique relationship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and other academic departments at the University of Pittsburgh as well as neighboring Carnegie Mellon University. Our faculty are shared with these organizations, offering our graduate and undergraduate students access to state-of-the-art facilities and a wide array of research opportunities. We currently have 187 graduate students who are advised by some 100 different faculty advisers, pursuing graduate research across 17 Departments and five Schools. Our undergraduate class-size of approximately 50 students per year ensures close student-faculty interactions in the classroom and the laboratory.

The main engineering building is located next to the Medical Center in Oakland, an elegant university neighborhood with museums, parks, and great restaurants. Beautiful new facilities have also been built, a short shuttle ride from the main campus, along the Monongahela River, replacing the steel mills that once were there. Our department is growing rapidly, both in numbers of students and faculty, and in the funding and diversity of our research. The Pittsburgh bioengineering community is a vibrant and stimulating alliance of diverse components for which our department forms an essential and central connection.

 

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