The Program

The Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Translational Bioengineering (ISSTBE) is a PhD program designed to train highly motivated graduate students with focus on clinical research as part of a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary research environment. The ISSTBE program will develop students with the bioengineering expertise and practical experience to lead research and development of clinical translational technology as independent investigators in academia, industry, and government and/or advance bioengineering technologies through start-up companies.

Students who successfully complete the ISSTBE doctoral program will demonstrate excellence in their ability to design and conduct original research leading to a unique intellectual contribution to the field; demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen bioengineering concentration area and associated scientific literature; develop an understanding of the clinical relevance and ethical implications of their research; demonstrate the ability to critically analyze, evaluate and interpret research methods and findings; and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate knowledge of their concentration area and research orally and in writing.


Students will be able to pursue one of three tracks:

  1. Traditional bioengineering research,
  2. Clinical translational research, or
  3. Advancing bioengineering technologies through entrepreneurship.

Bioengineering Focus Areas include:

  • Bioelectronics and Biomedical Devices
  • Bioimaging and Biocomputational Modeling
  • Biomechanics and Rehabilitation
  • Molecular and Tissue Engineering


Additional information can be found in the Academic Catalog for Translational Bioengineering PhD Program