Where engineering meets human health

Welcome to Lehigh's Department of Bioengineering!

At Lehigh, we believe that the greatest potential for innovation occurs at the boundaries between strong disciplines. Sometimes, as with the field of bioengineering, this junction produces a new discipline with a compelling societal impact. Bioengineering began as a loose collection of research efforts that drew upon the engineering disciplines to offer solutions to biomedical problems. While mechanical engineers and materials scientists designed biomedical devices, chemical engineers synthesized and scaled up the production of biological pharmaceuticals, and electrical engineers developed electronic and optical diagnostic devices. At the same time, scientists established the molecular and cellular basis of living organisms at a level of physical and chemical detail amenable to the quantitative problem-solving capabilities of the traditional engineering disciplines.

The convergence of these trends, along with the explosion of information processing and analytics capabilities, has led to the emergence of bioengineering as a discipline with a common identity, language, and set of basic principles, all focused on alleviating problems related to human health. Lehigh’s recognized strengths in bioscience, systems, mechanics, and materials are pillars of the field’s intellectual base, and our Department upholds a strong tradition of interdisciplinary thinking—a hallmark of Lehigh, as well as the field itself.  
Our faculty and students work closely with peers from around the world to develop breakthrough innovations and technologies in areas such as biocomputation and modeling, diagnostics, sensors and devices, and materials and therapies. Undergraduate students focus their talents and passion and contribute at the interface between the life sciences and engineering. Our curriculum combines the classic rigor of a Lehigh education with the modern tools of biotechnology, allowing young minds to take on creative, hands-on challenges and develop entrepreneurial thinking.
Our undergraduate program fuses comprehensive fundamentals in engineering and physical sciences, such as fluid mechanics, physics, chemistry and thermodynamics, with a focus on biological systems and bioengineering applications – and then combines it with valuable hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. The result is a rigorous training regimen that prepares our students to be at the forefront of established and emerging fields such as pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, healthcare, bioelectronics, biomedicine and other biotechnology-related industries. (The undergraduate program in Bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.)
Our graduate program trains students to combine life and physical sciences and engineering to develop effective and affordable solutions for health care and biotechnology problems. We offer diverse opportunities for advanced studies in areas such as biomaterials, computational bioengineering, biomechanics, optics, nanotechnology, biosensors, biophotonics and bioelectronics. Key research themes are Biocomputations and Modeling; Diagnostics, Sensors and Devices; and Materials and Therapies. Our graduate students are an integral part of this active and multi-disciplinary research environment.
We encourage you to browse our website, visit individual faculty pages, or contact us to learn more about our dynamic research and graduate and undergraduate educational programs. Thank you for your interest in Lehigh Bioengineering!
Anand Jagota
Robert W. Wieseman 1916 Professor and
Chair, Department of Bioengineering


Anand Jagota, Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Bioengineering

Anand Jagota
Robert W. Wieseman 1916 Professor and Founding Chair
Department of Bioengineering