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Bioengineering research at Caltech focuses on using engineering principles to analyze, manipulate, design, and construct biological systems, and on discovery and application of new engineering principles inspired by the properties of biological systems. Areas of research emphasis include: bioimaging; bioinspired design; biomechanics; biomedical devices; molecular, cell and tissue engineering; molecular medicine; molecular programming; synthetic biology; and systems biology.

The Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center fosters integration and collaboration in academic, research, and social programs with a variety of programs and activities, the most significant of which are the Biotechnology Leadership Ph.D. Training Program (BLP) and the Rosen Center Research Pilot Grant Awards.

For the last five years, the Biotechnology Leadership Program has helped to develop a strong network among graduate students interested in biomedical and industrial biotechnology and has trained them to become leaders in industry as research innovators and entrepreneurs. This unique, industrially-focused program has helped to train 30 students, many of whom have gone on to excellent positions in pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies.

“The BLP program provided me with an experience in industry that altered my original designed career path and ultimately shaped my career.”
     – Ruijie (Kelly) Zhang, Senior Scientist AbbVie and 2019 graduate

Rosen Center Research Pilot Grant Awards have funded 48 faculty across three Caltech Divisions, providing support for collaborative, early-stage projects that require sharing of ideas, people and resources between labs. The goal of the program is to catalyze collaboration and help teams test new ideas and develop strong preliminary data that will enhance their competitiveness for larger, collaborative awards from external agencies.

“Support by Rosen Center pilot grant funding created results that enabled us to secure extramural funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a bioengineering-driven approach to functionally cure HIV-1 infection.”
     – Dr. Pamela Bjorkman, David Baltimore Professor of Biology and Bioengineering

For further information about the Rosen Center and its programs please email , Executive Director.