The majority of the professors in the department have at least some involvement with biological engineering. This is a very broad research area that includes biotechnology and biomedical engineering.
Biotechnology is an integrated approach of combining life sciences (eg. biochemistry and cell biology) with process engineering, design and scale-up principles. This is the use of biological systems or living organisms to do practical things and manufacture valuable products such as biohydrogen, drugs, therapeutics, polymers and surfactants. Biomedical engineering combines the principles of engineering with medicine as well as life sciences and biology. Examples of this include drug delivery methods, biomedical devices, cardiovascular and other biomechanics, biomaterials for applications such as artificial implants and products such as bacteriophages for alternative treatment techniques.