Welcome to the Department of Bioengineering
The Department of Bioengineering was established in 2012, and is the newest department to join McGill University’s renowned Faculty of Engineering. McGill researchers from nearly all Faculty units, seven Canada Research Chairs, and many McGill hospitals and colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine are actively involved in bioengineering. Within the Department, our faculty study the active mechanics of biology, and reverse-engineer these properties for biomimetic solutions, as well as providing new biomedical techniques.
Bioengineering uses analytical methods to quantitatively describe biology, but also draws upon the sophistication of living systems as a tool to design and create. This very rapidly growing research area covers a broad range of topics, such as materials science, biomedical applications, biophysics, molecular biology, and environmental engineering.
What is Bioengineering?
Bioengineering is a broad, emerging and dynamic Engineering discipline. It's not biology, and it's not always medical, but it seeks to use the tools and processes developed by biology to as an engineering platform.
At the application end, Bioengineering involves the implementation of knowledge from various engineering disciplines in life sciences and medicine, such as: biomaterials; tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; drug delivery systems and high throughput screening devices for drug discovery; imaging, monitoring and diagnostic devices, and biomedical microdevices and biosensors. At the conceptual end, Bioengineering learns various lessons from nature and attempts to reverse-engineer naturally occurring biological solutions, devices and procedures, such as complexity in environmental systems; biomimetic materials and structures; energy efficient biomimetic propulsion systems; neuromorphic intelligent machines; molecular motors; biological communication and computation; and biologically inspired robots.