A message from the Department Chair

"Established in 2012, the Department of Bioengineering is the newest department in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering. Our professors are pushing the limits of knowledge along three parallel, but synergetic directions: biological materials, mechanics, and sensing; biomolecular, cellular, and tissue engineering; and biological information and computational bioengineering. These knowledge highways are approached starting from a fundamental, biological perspective, down to diverse and advanced applications, such as  biomanufacturing, synthetic biology, biological signal processing, and biomedical, diagnostics and high throughput screening devices – to name a few."

- Dan Nicolau, Bioengineering Department Chair and Professor


Book a session with our Student Affairs Administrator (Undergrad advising)

studentaffairs.bioeng [at] mcgill.ca (Nicholas Milette), In-person appointments: office hours are on Wednesdays-Thursdays

McConnell Engineering Building, Room 351 (3rd floor)





B3E: Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Bioresource Engineering at McGill University

B3E @ McGill: opportunities for interdisciplinary education, training, and research

What is Bioengineering?

Bioengineering uses analytical methods to quantitatively describe biology. It 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.


Bioengineering involves the implementation of knowledge from various engineering disciplines, life sciences and medicine. This knowledge includes, but is not limited to: biomaterials; tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; drug delivery systems and high throughput screening devices for drug discovery; imaging, monitoring and diagnostic devices, and biosensors.


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.

Undergraduate Studies

Our undergraduate program offers current and prospective students the unique opportunity to acquire knowledge in both Biology and Engineering.

Graduate Studies

Our interfaculty and interdisciplinary program allows graduate students to pursue and participate in extensive areas of research and training.

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