The MIT Biological Engineering department conducts research at the forefront of the biotech industry. Much of their work focuses on modeling biological systems, measuring and instrumentation to study biological systems, and manipulating biology as a platform for research and problem solving. LGO students interested in combining their MBA coursework with advanced biotech knowledge will have a home in BE.
Research areas where LGO biological engineering students can specialize include:
- Cell & tissue engineering
- Energy & environment
- Molecular therapeutics
- Systems biology
- Transport phenomena
LGO students completing the SM in Biological Engineering take:
- The LGO Engineering Core
- The Biological Engineering Core:
- Engineering electives (usually 1 to 2) in Biological Engineering following the student’s interest. LGO BE students receive guidance in choosing their electives from an advisor in the department.
LGO works with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and the program organizes internships with these companies for LGO BE students.
A few recent Biological Engineering internships were:
The Biological Engineering department looks for:
- A previous degree in biological engineering or a similar major, with demonstrated ability to manage graduate coursework in biological engineering. Previous LGO BE students have degrees in bioengineering, pharmacology, and chemical engineering.
- Defined research interests in line with Biological Engineering’s department goals.
- Previous experience modeling biological processes is recommended. To complete MIT BE graduate coursework, students should be able to model, for example, how a drug performs in the body. Previous bioengineering or pharmaceutical lab experience is also a plus.
Applicants should have a strong interest in biological engineering. Previous work experience is nice but not mandatory. More importantly, LGO students in BE should have a strong background in bioengineering and bio-systems modeling.
Graduates from LGO finishing with a dual degree in Biological Engineering and an MBA are excellently prepared to lead the next generation of pharmaceutical innovations. LGO graduates often leave the program in strategic management positions at global biotech and healthcare services firms.