Master's program

Bio- and Immunoengineering

The Master of Science in Molecular Engineering degree with a specialization in Bio- and Immunoengineering is designed to prepare students to enter diverse fields in immunoengineering, biomaterials, cell and tissue engineering, and systems bioengineering. A sophisticated understanding of the molecular-level interactions in biological systems and biomaterials is required to develop new tools for groundbreaking pharmaceutical, medical, and bioengineering applications.

Students in this molecular engineering track will study chemistry, biology, materials properties, bioengineering, and medicine. Courses will be offered in basic areas as well as biomaterials, microfluidics, synthetic biology, molecular imaging, immunoengineering, and nanomedicine to develop novel cellular and molecular therapies. 

Course content will provide students with powerful tools to understand, manipulate, stimulate, and eventually control immune molecules and cells to treat a broad range of health conditions, including cancer, infection, and autoimmunity. In addition, the program will include courses on the quantitative aspects of cell biology and systems biology, building upon biological fundamentals with quantitative analysis.

This master’s option may be of particular interest for students interested in careers in medicine, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, biomaterials, and cancer and immunoengineering fields.

Leads: Jeffrey Hubbell, Mustafa Guler

(Choose 3)

  • *Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300) – A
  • Biological Materials (MENG 33100) – A
  • Experimental Bioengineering Laboratory – S

*Undergraduate Molecular Transport Phenomena I (MENG 21500) – A. Available by petition as a possible substitution for students entering without strong transport background.

(A – Autumn, W – Winter, S – Spring)

(Choose 4)

  • Math Methods for Molecular Engineering (MENG 31100) – A
  • *Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (MENG 31200) – A
  • Quantitative Systems Biology (MENG 32300) – A
  • Nanomedicine (MENG 33150) – W
  • Cellular Engineering (MENG 32200) – W
  • Stem Cell Biology, Regeneration, and Disease Modeling (MENG 33110) – W
  • Biodiagnostics and Biosensors (MENG 33140) – S
  • Synthetic Biology (MENG 33500) – S
  • Quantitative Immunobiology (MENG 33300) – S
  • Principles of Immunology (MENG 33200) – A
  • Introduction to Emerging Technologies (MENG 3000)– A

* Undergraduate Molecular Engineering Thermodynamics (MENG 21400) – S. Available by petition as a possible substitution for students entering without strong thermodynamics background.

(Choose 2)*

  • Microfluidics and Its Applications (MENG 33510) – S
  • Immunoengineering Laboratory (MENG 23310) – S
  • The Structural Basis of Biomolecular Engineering (MENG 33120) – S
  • Proteomics and Genomics in Biomolecular Engineering (MENG 33130) – A
  • Fundamentals and Applications of the Human Microbiota (MENG 33210) – W
  • Immunogenomics I (MENG 48000) - A
  • Introduction to Polymer Science (MENG 35100) – A
  • Polymer Synthesis (MENG 35110) – W
  • Polymer Physics (MENG 35120) – S
  • Soft Matter Characterization (MENG 35130) – W
  • Materials and Characterization Tools to Address Challenges in Energy and Water (MENG 35330) – W
  • Classical Molecular and Materials Modeling (MENG 35500) – W
  • Functional Polymers for Electronics, Photonics, and Energy Technology (MENG 35140) – S

*Other appropriate courses may be acceptable by petition.

(Choose 1)*

  • Computers, Minds, Intelligence and Data (HIPS 25205, HUMA 25205, MAAD 14205) – A
  • Introduction to Ethics (HIPS 21000, PHIL 21000, FNDL 23107) – S
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity (BOOTH 34101) – A, W, S
  • New Venture Strategy (BOOTH 34102) – A, W, S
  • Building the New Venture (BOOTH 34103) – A
  • Commercializing Innovation: Tools to Research and Analyze Private Enterprises (BOOTH 34106)
  • Innovation Leadership (BOOTH 34108) – W
  • Entrepreneurial Discovery (BOOTH 34705) – A
  • Lab to Launch (BOOTH 34709) – W
  • New Products and Services (BOOTH 37200) – W
  • Lab in Developing New Products and Services (BOOTH 37201) – W
  • Technology Strategy (BOOTH 39101) – A

*Other appropriate courses may be acceptable by petition.

Autumn Quarter
  • Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300)
  • Biological Materials (MENG 33100)
  • Proteomics and Genomics in Biomolecular Engineering (MENG 33130)
Winter Quarter
  • Nanomedicine (MENG 33150)
  • Cellular Engineering (MENG 32200)
  • Stem Cell Biology, Regeneration, and Disease Modeling (MENG 33110)
  • Humanities/Business (Elective)
Spring Quarter
  • Experimental Bioengineering Laboratory
  • The Structural Basis of Biomolecular Engineering (MENG 33120)
  • Biodiagnostics and Biosensors (MENG 33140)
Autumn Quarter
  • Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300)
  • Biological Materials (MENG 33100)
  • Quantitative Systems Biology (MENG 32300)
Winter Quarter
  • Fundamentals and Applications of the Human Microbiota (MENG 33210)
  • Cellular Engineering (MENG 32200)
  • Nanomedicine (MENG 33150)
Spring Quarter
  • Experimental Bioengineering Laboratory
  • Synthetic Biology (MENG 33500)
  • Microfluidics and Its Applications (MENG 33510)
  • Humanities and Business (Elective)
Autumn Quarter
  • Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300)
  • Biological Materials (MENG 33100)
  • Immunogenomics I (MENG 48000)
  • Principles of Immunology (MENG 33200)
Winter Quarter
  • Stem Cell Biology, Regeneration, and Disease Modeling (MENG 33110)
  • Nanomedicine (MENG 33150)
  • Fundamentals and Applications of the Human Microbiota (MENG 33210)
Spring Quarter
  • Experimental Bioengineering Laboratory
  • Immunoengineering Laboratory (MENG 23310)
  • Quantitative Immunobiology (MENG 33300)
  • Humanities/Business (Elective)