Mission and Vision

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) has an organizational structure that transcends traditional boundaries and focuses on societal problems primed for new solutions, including the search for sustainable energy, immunotherapy-based approaches to cancer, “unhackable” communications networks, and a clean global water supply.

Our program was established as the Institute for Molecular Engineering in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. In 2019, in recognition of our success, impact, and expansion, and the support of the Pritzker Foundation, the institute was elevated to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering—the first school in the nation dedicated to this emerging field.

We offer graduate programs in molecular engineering for master's and PhD students, as well as an undergraduate major and minors in molecular engineering through the College of the University of Chicago. Our curriculum provides broad exposure not only to science and engineering disciplines, but also to product design, entrepreneurship, and communication.

Pritzker Molecular Engineering empowers students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students are encouraged to apply their scientific interests to real-world issues in need of creative solutions.

As we expand our efforts in research, education, and technological development, PME will continue to address more world issues and promote new collaborations among leading researchers across disciplines.


PME will lead engineering research and education in new directions, solve technological problems of major significance, and continually inspire creative applications of molecular-level science.


The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering advances the mission of translating advances in basic physics, chemistry, biology, and computation into new tools to address important societal problems and to create a research and teaching environment that enhances and transmits these capabilities to future generations. The School affirms a commitment to equity, diversity, respect, and inclusion, and aims for broad representation, accountability, and participation among our faculty, other academic appointees, research and administrative staff, and students across age, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability and disability, religion, belief, and backgrounds.