Bioengineering at UC Santa Barbara

Bioengineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) has strong interactive research efforts that focus on materials aspect of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. With these underpinnings we have developed multi-faceted programs in the areas of biomaterials, drug delivery, detection/diagnostic devices and systems biology.

The depth and strength of our bioengineering efforts has had a major national and international impact on the translation of biology into biotechnical applications resulting in UCSB’s research in Bioengineering being highly sited and recognized.

Centers that comprise bioengineering research at UC Santa Barbara include:


Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB)
Advanced nanostructured materials, sensor technologies, and bio-inspired networks research leveraging biological systems

Center for BioImage Informatics
Techniques in the fields of imaging, pattern recognition and data mining for biological applications

Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program
BMSE at UC Santa Barbara is devoted to provide cutting-edge research and post-graduate education at the interface between the Biological and Physical/Engineering Sciences

Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering
Stem cell research focusing on molecular mechanisms, biotechnology and bioengineering, and regenerative medicine

Center for the Chemical Design of Materials
The synthesis and characterization tools of modern chemistry to design, grow and test novel multifunctional solids for specific technological applications.


Center for Polymers and Organic Solids
Leveraging expertise in biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry to synthesize conjugated polymer-protein and inorganic nanomaterial-protein composites

Neuroscience Research Institute
The study and treatment of diseases of the nervous system including macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.

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