MIT Department of Biological Engineering


The department also offers a range of joint degrees and programs with partners such as the Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM) and the departments of Biology, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Civil & Environmental Engineering. More than one-third of the BE’s faculty hold membership in one or more of the major US academies; it is their visionary guidance that empowers BE’s graduates to become world leaders in the biotechnology industry and academia.

Our department’s mission is to educate leaders and generate new knowledge at the interface of engineering and biology. We are defining and leading the emerging discipline of biological engineering, fusing engineering with modern molecular-to-’omic biology to make, model, and manipulate biological systems.

We aim to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers who will advance bioscience and biotechnology through quantitative, integrative, design-oriented analysis and synthesis of biological mechanisms. We train leaders who value collegiality and societal contribution and who work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

Our department values a diverse and inclusive community, and we are committed to promoting a caring and respectful community in which all members can take full advantage of MIT’s opportunities for learning, discovery, and personal growth.

Address: Access via 21 Ames Street
Room 56-651
Cambridge, MA 02139