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The field of Bioengineering is broad, with its foundations in all the engineering sciences as well as in biological, medical, behavioral and health sciences. Joining the Bioengineering Program as a postgraduate student offers you the opportunity to build a bridge between the basic life sciences and engineering and to assist in the advancement of technology.

The key discoveries of the 21st century will come from the systematic application of bioengineering principles and discoveries including the intelligent process utilization of biological information, the design of new diagnostic instruments, devices and sensors, the design of biologically inspired engineering systems, the development of new bioprocesses, and the development of health care products and biomedical materials.

The multi-disciplinary Bioengineering Program allows students to apply the tools of engineering, computer science and physical sciences to their study of biological processes. It adopts a systematic and quantitative approach to the study of biological systems and seeks to provide students with the knowledge to contribute to the biomedical industry as well as to optimize existing bioprocesses and develop new biotechnologies.

Students must undertake substantial coursework, attend and present seminars, and successfully complete a thesis to demonstrate a high level of competence in bioengineering research. The degree will normally take two years of full-time study to complete. Part-time mode study is available.

Research Foci
The Bioengineering Program addresses several major streams of research:
Biological Information Engineering
Investigates issues associated with new computation concepts and tools involved in medical imaging. Research can also be extended to other information-based areas, such as bioinformatics, protein structure prediction, drug design, and system biology.

Bioprocessing and BioProduct Design
The technology of bioprocessing, regulatory, safety and ethical issues involved in biotechnology, and the systematic evolution of production processes using product characteristics to assist in "product-oriented" process design.

Biomaterials and BioMEMS
The engineering of physical and biological properties of synthetic polymers, metals, ceramics and other materials, and their interaction with blood, soft and hard tissues; and the application of biological and bioanalytical methods to micro electrical and mechanical systems, such as genechips.

The School of Engineering's Bioengineering Laboratory provides world-class facilities for research. Advanced equipment is available for bacterial and cell culture, centrifugation separation, protein and DNA manipulation, gene amplification, microscopic analysis, digital imaging, and microarray fabrication and analysis.

The Laboratory supports projects on microchip analysis, diagnostic device, tissue engineering, nanobiotechnology, bioproduct processing and bioproduct extraction. Relevant central facilities include the Materials Characterization and Preparation Facility, and the Nanoelectronics Fabrication Facility.




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