Department Events

Colloquia & Seminar Series

Bioengineering Colloquia

Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. CT

The Department of Bioengineering Colloquia speaker series brings experts from around the country to Rice to present the latest findings and research in the broadly defined bioengineering field.

To learn more and RSVP for upcoming events, view the Spring 2024 Schedule.

Special Events

These special events are designed to nurture inter-organizational connections between academia, industry and government, as well as provide networking opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and students.

Faculty-Organized Events

Several short course venues and research symposia are organized by bioengineering faculty members that are also affiliated with research centers and institutes at Rice, the Texas Medical Center, and across the U.S.

Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course

The annual Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course, hosted by Rice bioengineer Antonios Mikos and his Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, highlights advances in the science and technology of tissue engineering with leading scientists from Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, industry, and other institutions. The course, including a hands-on bioprinting workshop, will survey the latest knowledge and technologies in the world of patient-specific therapeutics, from cellular treatments to 3D printing and biofabrication of complex tissues.

Visit the Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course website for more information and registration.

Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition

The Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition is hosted by Rice 360°Institute for Global Health, founded by Rice bioengineers Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden. In addition to keynote lectures, around 20 undergraduate student teams from national and international universities present the low-cost global health technologies they collaboratively developed. Judges from industry, academia, and medicine evaluate the designs on the quality of the problem definition, the effectiveness and potential impact of the design solution, and the likelihood that the solution can be successful.

Visit the Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition website for more information.

SPIE Translational Biophotonics

SPIE Translational Biophotonics explores the status and future of optical imaging for biomedical research and clinical applications. Organized by SPIE and Rice bioengineer Tomasz Tkaczyk, this meeting fosters discussion and encourages continuing development of new technologies and techniques with the goal of successful translation into practical biomedical use.

Q-bio Conference

The Q-bio conference presents the latest research in quantitative biology. Topics include predictive modeling of cellular regulation, decision making, formation of response, and other information processing phenomena. The emphasis covers deep theoretical understanding, detailed modeling, and quantitative experimentation directed at understanding the behavior of particular regulatory systems and/or elucidating general principles of cellular information processing. The conference is organized by Rice bioengineer Oleg Igoshin.

Past Events

2021 Virtual Innovation Week | "Diversity and Inclusion in STEM"

This year, the Bioengineering Graduate Student Association (BIOE GSA) is hosting a virtual innovation week to highlight graduate student research and promote diversity and inclusion in STEM. Student research presentations will be accessible for the week of March 22-26 for viewing and crowd voting. The Virtual Innovation Week will conclude on Friday, March 26th with live keynotes and an announcement of the winning student presentations.

Learn more about our Innovation Symposium.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Reception

This social event is hosted annually by the Department of Bioengineering at the BMES Annual Meeting in October. Prospective and current Rice bioengineering students, faculty and alumni are invited to attend an evening featuring the presentation of the department's annual Alumni Awards over light bites and beverages. Department research and faculty award highlights are also presented.

Learn more about our Alumni Awards.

Frontiers in Bioengineering Webinar Series

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded across the globe, unprecedented times caused the cancellation of in-person seminar series, conferences and workshops that our students would participate in and engage with to enhance their educational goals. Rice Bioengineering organized this webinar series to help our trainees stay up-to-date with frontiers of bioengineering research and to continue facilitating communication between our students and colleagues. Over 1,100 academics, professionals and students at all levels in the field and related fields attended this weekly series of live 90-minute webinar. These talks were not recorded.

Browse the Frontiers in Bioengineering Webinar Series topics.

Exploring a Multidisciplinary Training Program in CANCER BIOENGINEERING

The Rice department of Bioengineering is seeking to bring together researchers and interested administrators from Rice and MD Anderson for creating a new collaborative multidisciplinary training program in Cancer Bioengineering. The intent is to identify research areas of mutual strength in order to submit a successful T32 that will fund the shared training program. This seminar will explore the proposed idea, plus provide a view into two existing shared programs that have been successful. And finally, we will hear from the training office director from the NCI who will share information on funding opportunities for multidisciplinary training programs.

Marek Kimmel, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Statistics, Rice University

Ying Yuan, PhD, Bettyann Asche Murray Distinguished Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Biostatistics, MD Anderson; Adjunct Professor, Department of Statistics, Rice University

Konstantin (Kostia) Sokolov, PhD, Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, MD Anderson; Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Oliver Bogler, PhD, Director of the Center for Cancer Training, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Past Events Photos

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View more photos from the Rice Bioengineering 25th Anniversary