50 years of engineering better health for a boundless future

2017-18 marked the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Center for Bioengineering at UW, and 20 years since BioE was established as an academic department.

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UW Bioengineering history

Learn how we have advanced bioengineering research, education, leadership and service, from our beginning as the UW Center of Bioengineering in 1967 to today.

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Stories of Impact

  • A-Alpha Bio team

A-Alpha Bio, Nanodropper, OLA Simple finish strong, win $32,500 at 2018 UW Business Plan Competition

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on A-Alpha Bio, Nanodropper, OLA Simple finish strong, win $32,500 at 2018 UW Business Plan Competition

Photo: 2018 UW Business Plan Competition Grand Prize winners A-Alpha Bio. Courtesy of UW Foster School [...]

  • Donald Baker with ultrasound device

Donald Baker – UW Bioengineering pioneer of medical ultrasound – has died at age 85

March 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Donald Baker – UW Bioengineering pioneer of medical ultrasound – has died at age 85

Donald W. Baker, former professor in UW Bioengineering and in Electrical Engineering, and inventor whose device has enabled life-saving imaging for millions of patients, passed away Feb. 27, 2018.

  • UW Bioengineering's Ruikang Wang

Ruikang Wang named WRF / David and Nancy Auth Innovator of Bioengineering

January 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Ruikang Wang named WRF / David and Nancy Auth Innovator of Bioengineering

The WRF / David and Nancy Innovator of Bioengineering award strengthens the UW’s innovation pipeline to biomedical industry. By fostering the development of technologies, treatments and tools for clinical use, the award advances health care worldwide. We congratulate the award's recipient, Ruikang (Ricky) Wang, professor of bioengineering and ophthalmology.

  • UW Bioengineering Professor Paul Yager

Paul Yager elected 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

December 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Paul Yager elected 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Professor Paul Yager, noted disease diagnostics innovator and former department chair, has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors. NAI Fellows demonstrate a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and societal welfare.

  • Thomas Horbett

Thomas Horbett receives 2018 Society for Biomaterials Founder’s Award

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Thomas Horbett receives 2018 Society for Biomaterials Founder’s Award

As a founding member of BioE's biomaterials research group, Professor Emeritus Thomas Horbett's work advanced the fields of protein adsorption and surface science.

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UW Bioengineering ranked fifth among biomedical engineering programs by Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on UW Bioengineering ranked fifth among biomedical engineering programs by Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

UW Bioengineering is among several UW departments ranked in the world's top 10 in their respective fields in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2017.

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Anniversary News & Events

2019 Allan Hoffman Lecture – Kristi S. Anseth, Ph.D.

October 9th, 2019|Comments Off on 2019 Allan Hoffman Lecture – Kristi S. Anseth, Ph.D.

University of Washington Department of Bioengineering Allan S. Hoffman Lecture Presents Kristi S. Anseth, Ph.D. [...]

Computational Molecular Biology Annual Retreat (9am on 10/4 @ Waterfront Activities Center)

September 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Computational Molecular Biology Annual Retreat (9am on 10/4 @ Waterfront Activities Center)

You are invited to attend the 2019 Computational Molecular Biology (CMB) Annual Retreat on October [...]

Humans of UW Bioengineering: Alton Cao

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Humans of UW Bioengineering: Alton Cao

Alton Cao is a senior studying bioengineering, and he plans to apply to medical school after graduation. Read more to learn about how Alton found his way into research before realizing he needed to make a change in his path, and discovered that working in patient care and medicine was more fulfilling for him.

  • BioE eNews Spring Summer 2019

Innovation & Impact – UW Bioengineering eNews Spring/Summer 2019

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Innovation & Impact – UW Bioengineering eNews Spring/Summer 2019

A recap of UW Bioengineering's efforts to empower better health care through biomedical research, education and service, and impact medicine, for Washington and for the world.

  • Nanodropper team winners 2019

Nanodropper wins Grand Prize; Pulmora, Insulin Anywhere also win at 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

June 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Nanodropper wins Grand Prize; Pulmora, Insulin Anywhere also win at 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Eight teams involving UW BioE undergraduate and graduate students were among 22 teams competing in [...]

HUMANS OF UW BIOENGINEERING: Savannah Lawton

June 7th, 2019|Comments Off on HUMANS OF UW BIOENGINEERING: Savannah Lawton

Savannah Lawton is a senior studying Bioengineering. After graduation, she will be traveling the world solo for eight months under the Bonderman Fellowship. Read more to learn about how Savannah discovered her interests in bioengineering and plans to enter medicine.