About BioEngineering
Credit: Matt Perko

The Center for BioEngineering (CBE) 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.


CBE faculty research is yielding important advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of common and devastating diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration.


Advancing new academic initiatives is a primary goal for CBE, such as the approved graduate emphasis in Bioengineering for PhD students in 13 participating departments across campus (click here for more info). Currently under campus review is a new PhD degree program in Biological Engineering.

CBE Leadership

Beth Pruitt

Kevin Plaxco
Associate Director

Elizabeth Jensen
Assistant Director