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The Bioengineering educational laboratories host a variety of laboratory programs, from Middle School programs through Graduate level courses. If you are interested in using the lab for a class or event, please contact the lab staff. Students can access course specific information through Penn's Canvas site.

BE101: Introduction to Bioengineering II

Continuation of the freshman introductory bioengineering course. This course introduces students to the design process and emphasizes its role in engineering. In lab students will explore microcontrollers and rapid prototyping techniques in connection to the development of biomedical devices.

BE220: Introduction to Biomaterials

This course investigates the application of materials science and engineering to biomedical applications, with a focus on polymers, ceramics, and metals. The course will cover concepts related to basic material fabrication and synthesis, structure and property characterization, as well as applications of biomaterials. The lecture and recitation will be complemented with laboratory examples.

BE309: Bioengineering Modeling, Analysis, and Design Laboratory I

The first of a of a two laboratory course sequence designed to integrate real world experiences into various Bioengineering and Bioengineering Science courses. Current modules include experiments in dialysis, drug delivery, and neuroscience and limb control of insects. 

BE310: Bioengineering Modeling, Analysis, and Design Laboratory II

The second of two laboratory courses that are taken during the junior year. The goal of these laboratories is to provide students with hands-on experience in utilizing fundamental engineering skills to solve complex medical problems. Current modules involve microfluidics, quorum sensing in bacteria, ECG analysis and filter design, and spectroscopy and construction of a low-cost spectrophotometer.

BE470: Medical Devices

Lab-based course where students learn the fundamentals of medical device design through hands-on projects using microcontrollers. Students first learn basic design building blocks regularly employed in microcontroller-based medical devices, and then carry out a small design project using those building blocks. Projects are informed by reverse-engineering of competing products, FDA regulations, and marketplace considerations.

BE495/496: Senior Design Project

Students develop and design their own full-year projects.

BE570: Biomechatronics

Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering principles in the design of electromechanical systems. Biomechatronics is the application of these principles to human biology and includes orthopaedic, hearing, respiratory, vision and cardiovascular applications. In this hands-on, project-based course, these biomechatronic systems will be explored. Students will learn the basic mechanical and electrical elements needed to complete a biomechatronic design challenge including basic circuits, design considerations, material fabrication, microcontrollers and mechanisms (e.g. converting rotational motion into linear motion). Students will carry out a final design project utilizing these building blocks. 

Other Classes

The Bioengineering labs support other classes that use the facilities. These courses include:
  • BE547: Fundamental Techniques in Imaging
  • ENGR101: Introduction to Engineering
  • MEAM147 - Introduction to Mechanics Lab
If you are interested in using the lab facilities for a course, please contact the Laboratory Staff.

Special Programs

The Bioengineering labs provide laboratory space and assist in a number of special programs, such as:

  • iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) - home of Penn's team in this premiere collegiate synthetic biology research competition
  • GEMS - A program for Middle School girls to explore science and Engineering.
  • Summer High School Programs - Intensive summer programs for High School students through which they can obtain college credits.
  • Pre-freshmen program
If you are interested in using the lab facilities for a University of Pennsylvania based program, please contact the Laboratory Staff.