Bioengineering is a field within the Engineering Sciences area of study at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select  “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select “PhD Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering” in the Area of Study menu.

Bioengineering is inherently interdisciplinary and combines faculty and research centers from across our campuses and Harvard teaching hospitals. In bioengineering, we integrate fundamental engineering disciplines such as thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with the physical and life sciences while drawing on mathematics and computational sciences. This convergence allows us to understand the operation of living systems and to design novel solutions to critical problems in medicine and biology. Bioengineers at Harvard are making advances in bio-inspired robotics and computing, biomechanics and motor control, cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, and therapeutics. Graduate students in bioengineering work with faculty researching:

  • Bio-inspired Robotics and Computing
  • Biomechanics Motor and Control
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering