The bioengineering discipline integrates skills across the physical and life sciences, mathematical and computational sciences, and medicine. While biology and biological processes are fundamental to our research, it is through the integration of engineering and technological tools that we expand basic science and positively impact human health by ways of improved drug design and biotherapeutics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biomechanics, targeted genome and epigenome editing, synthetic biology, and innovative tools for disease diagnostics. Our educational and research endeavors are enhanced by Rice’s close proximity to the Texas Medical Center, where the majority of our faculty have collaborations, as well with research centers and institutes at Rice.
Bioengineering faculty members' diverse research interests are focused on establishing engineering principles and developing cutting-edge technologies in:
Today, the field of bioengineering has exploded into a vast rapidly expanding world. Success in this environment requires constant reevaluation, evolution, resources, and collaboration. The Rice University Department of Bioengineering mission is three pronged:
The Department of Bioengineering is housed in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), a 477,000 square-foot building located across the street from the Texas Medical Center. Construction of the BRC was completed in July 2009, and its interior gives an open and modern feel as it provides ample space for some of the best research minds in the world to work together and solve a broad spectrum of complex problems in science and medicine.