Bioengineering and Bioscience
Transformative research is bringing together science, engineering, and clinical practice in unique ways to advance the understanding of disease processes and improve health care.
As the life sciences have increasingly converged with engineering disciplines, Georgia Tech’s commitment to research in bioengineering and bioscience has grown dramatically. One example of that commitment was the Institute’s investment, in 1995, of more than $200 million, which enabled the establishment of a four-building bioengineering and biosciences research complex with more than 1 million square feet of space and state-of-the-art core research facilities. Engineers of all varieties, biologists, chemists, physicists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and other experts housed in the complex partner on basic, applied, and clinical research in various areas to improve patient care and the quality of life. These efforts involve over 150 faculty members and hundreds of trainees from across the entire campus.
Researcher Samirkumar Patel displays a prototype
microneedle used to inject therapeutics into specific
locations in the eye. The technology could allow doctors
to target drugs to locations in the eye that are now
difficult to reach. (Credit: Gary Meek) Full Story >
The Institute’s vision is to create an environment of innovation that will enable cross-disciplinary teams of researchers not only to tackle grand challenges in health care and biotechnology, but also to define new fields of scientific endeavor. Georgia Tech has built a large research portfolio in basic and applied disciplines by applying this interdisciplinary approach to global health issues.
Supported by Georgia Tech’s entrepreneurial tradition and strong technology transfer infrastructure, these efforts increasingly involve industry partnerships that help move research innovations into clinical applications. Georgia Tech’s partnerships involve interactions with local institutions including Emory University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Shepherd Center, as well as with prominent institutions around the world, such as Peking University.
Georgia Tech also plays a pivotal role in developing medical devices, biomaterials, regenerative medicine applications, pharmaceutical technologies, diagnostic devices, health care robotics, accessibility and rehabilitation tools, and disease treatments. Research into the origin, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer is a major part of this effort.