About Biological Engineering
Credit: Matt Perko

Biological Engineering is a hub for research and teaching at the interface of biology, engineering and physical sciences. It builds on UC Santa Barbara’s strengths in biophysics, biomaterials, biomolecular discovery, and computational and experimental systems biology, enabling fundamental scientific discoveries to be transitioned to applications in medicine and biotechnology.


Biological Engineering research is yielding important advances in the understanding and measurement of fundamental biological processes, and the diagnosis and treatment of devastating diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and macular degeneration.


Advancing new academic initiatives is a primary goal for Biological Engineering, including our new Biological Engineering PhD Program, and the Graduate Emphasis in Bioengineering for PhD students in 13 participating departments across campus.


Beth Pruitt

Michelle O'Malley
Associate Director

Elizabeth Jensen
Assistant Director