Systems Biology Track


    Systems biology requires contributions in many areas of strength for biomedical engineers. Of course, the development of mathematical models of biological function (usually at the cellular and molecular level) is a key component, as is the development of efficient computer methods for examining biological databases (such as gene or protein databases) to find or sort biological information. Biomedical engineers have also created new methods to manipulate cells through genetic and cellular engineering. These advances require new methods for measuring the functional state of individual cells within a cell population. Biomedical engineers are already contributing to this effort by analyzing the protein composition of living cells (proteomics), creating methods for simultaneous measurement of thousands of genes and proteins within a cell (array technologies), creating arrays for cells and tissues for diagnostic purposes, and designing devices that can physically interface with cells and proteins (Saltzman 2009).

Track-Specific Courses

BENG 404b / MENG 404b, Medical Device Design and Innovation

BENG 410a, Physical and Chemical Basis of Bioimaging and Biosensing

BENG 411, BioMEMS and Biomedical Microdevices

BENG 434a, Biomaterials

BENG 435b, Biomaterial-Tissue Interactions

BENG 463a, Immunoengineering

BENG 464, Tissue Engineering

BENG 465b / MB&B 361b / MCDB 361b / NSCI 325b, Modeling Biological Systems II 

BENG 467b, Systems Biology of Cell Signaling

MENG 361a, Mechanical Engineering II: Fluid Mechanics 


Real schedules from past students on this track will be added soon