Biological Engineering

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:

  • Biomaterials
  • Cell & tissue engineering
  • Energy & environment
  • Molecular therapeutics
  • Pharmacology
  • Systems biology
  • Toxicology
  • Transport phenomena

LGO students completing the SM in Biological Engineering take:

  • The required courses in the LGO summer core
  • Biological Engineering required courses:
  • Engineering courses (at least 2) in Biological Engineering following the student’s interest. Each LGO Biological Engineering student works with a faculty advisor to select courses, some of which must be within the department, to fulfill academic and career goals.
  • LGO Internship incorporating Biological Engineering and management content, resulting in a dual-degree thesis overseen by the student’s faculty advisor.


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:

  • Amgen: Analyzing product loss in pharmaceutical production using process technology.
  • Amgen: Gene expression in therapeutical protein manufacturing
  • Genzyme (a former LGO partner company): improving high complexity problems in the biotech industry

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.

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