Bioengineering Certificate

Academic Year 2023 – 2024

General Information

Engineering Quadrangle

Program Offerings:

  • Certificate

Director of Graduate Studies:

Celeste Nelson (Bioengineering Certificate)

Graduate Program Administrator:


The Graduate Certificate in Bioengineering is designed to formalize students' training in the engineering analysis of living systems. Over the past decade, Princeton faculty have developed new courses that address the design and control of living systems at multiple scales, from single molecules to cells, tissues, and organisms. The graduate certificate program in bioengineering is intended to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of Ph.D. students in engineering and the natural sciences who have gone beyond the requirements of their own degree programs to acquire training in bioengineering.

The certificate is based on core graduate courses, a research seminar, and graduate research. The bioengineering core classes can be taken as graduate electives to partially fulfill the course requirements in home departments.

Please note, students cannot be admitted to Princeton University through the Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate Certificate Program since it is not a degree program. The certificate does not appear on the official transcript.

Program Offerings

Program Offering: Certificate

This certificate does not appear on transcripts.


The core curriculum provides rigorous training in the engineering analysis of biological molecules and networks, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms. Students are required to take one course in each of the thematic areas (“molecules”, “cells”, “tissues and organs”) for a total of three courses. This requirement is designed to guarantee that all students, regardless of their thesis area, have a solid foundation in the engineering analysis of living systems at multiple scales.

CBE 438 / MOL 438: Biomolecular Engineering
CBE 567: Metabolic Engineering
MOL 515 / PHY 570 / EEB 517 / CHM 517: Method and Logic in Quantitative Biology
CBE 318 / ENE 318: Fundamentals of Biofuels
CBE 419: EnzymesCBE 411 / MOL 411: Antibiotics: from cradle to grave

CBE 433: Introduction to the Mechanics and Dynamics of Soft Living Matter
PHY 412: Biological Physics
MAE 545: Lessons from Biology for Engineering Tiny Devices
MAE 566 / CBE 561: Biomechanics and biomaterials: from cells to organisms

Tissues and Organs:
CBE 440: Physical Basis of Human Disease
QCB 511 / CBE 511: Modeling Tools for Cell and Developmental Biology
CBE 439 / MOL 539: Quantitative Physiology
ELE / NEU / PSY 480: fMRI Decoding: Reading Minds Using Brain Scans
NEU / MOL / PSY 404: Cellular and Systems Neuroscience
MAE 567 / CBE 568: Crowd control: Understanding and manipulating collective behaviors and swarm dynamics

Dissertation and FPO

Graduate research should be conducted under the supervision of one of the participating faculty. The main requirements are quantitative experiments, rigorous data analysis, and/or mathematical and computational modeling of biological processes. The research topic should be approved by the program director.

Additional requirements

Students are required to attend the biweekly Bioengineering Colloquium, which serves as a venue for reporting current results and discussing the integration of different research approaches to the analysis and design of living systems. Students will be required to give a research presentation at this colloquium before completing their FPO. This requirement will teach students how to communicate their research to a broad audience of bioengineers, as well as interact with students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty investigating problems at multiple scales.


  • Director of Graduate Studies

    • Daniel J. Cohen
  • Executive Committee

    • Mala Murthy, Princeton Neuroscience Inst
  • Associated Faculty

    • José L. Avalos, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Clifford P. Brangwynne, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Mark P. Brynildsen, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Jonathan M. Conway, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Sujit S. Datta, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Danelle Devenport, Molecular Biology
    • Jason W. Fleischer, Electrical & Comp Engineering
    • Tian-Ming Fu, Electrical & Comp Engineering
    • Mikko P. Haataja, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Martin C. Jonikas, Molecular Biology
    • Jerelle A. Joseph, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Ralph E. Kleiner, Chemistry
    • Andrej Kosmrlj, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • Michael S. Levine, Molecular Biology
    • A. James Link, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Cameron A. Myhrvold, Molecular Biology
    • Celeste M. Nelson, Chemical and Biological Eng
    • Sabine Petry, Molecular Biology
    • Yuri Pritykin, Computer Science
    • Ben Raphael, Computer Science
    • Z. Jason Ren, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Kaushik Sengupta, Electrical & Comp Engineering
    • H. Sebastian Seung, Computer Science
    • Stanislav Y. Shvartsman, Molecular Biology
    • Mona Singh, Computer Science
    • Mary C. Stoddard, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Howard A. Stone, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
    • James C. Sturm, Electrical & Comp Engineering
    • Jared E. Toettcher, Molecular Biology
    • Olga G. Troyanskaya, Computer Science
    • Ellen Zhong, Computer Science

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.