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Biological & Chemical Engineering Research

Using fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, and mathematics, biological and chemical engineering (B&CE) researchers are inventing bio-inspired systems, circuits, and processes as well as biotherapies and biofuels.

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Dartmouth facilitates investigations tackling both focused and multidisciplinary problems. Graduate engineering students are expected to actively participate in developing a plan of study that supports their interests, potentially including distinctive intellectual paths unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries and enriched by interdisciplinary synergies.

B&CE faculty are committed to building research and educational communities that are high-achieving, impactful, collaborative, and inclusive.

Overview & Faculty

Our collective research activities can be mapped onto a landscape defined by both impact (health and energy), and scale (molecular, cellular, and systems).

Collaborative projects include: synthetic bio-molecular circuits in living cells; immune response profiling, modeling, and modulation; biotherapeutics and vaccine design; plant biomass-derived fuels (biofuels); process design innovations for feedstocks, land use, environmental protection, and economic development.

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Research Subfields

Biological Circuits & Systems

Biomass Energy


Metabolic Engineering

Process Simulation

Protein Engineering