Biological Design Center

How do you guide the body to build new tissue? Can you retool the circuitry of a cell so it sends nothing but the signals for optimal health? The team of scientists at the Biological Design Center (BDC) is pursuing answers to questions like these. If successful, their research could result in immune systems capable of snuffing out tumors or bacteria reprogrammed to fight infection.

Shaping cells, shaping the future

BDC team members, both those housed in the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering and beyond, are a broad mix of engineers, biologists, physicists, and software engineers. Their breadth of expertise spans from automation and modeling to synthetic biology and microbial engineering. These forward-thinking scientists are combining genomic technologies such as DNA sequencing and synthesis, 3-D printing, and robotics to make new molecules, tissues, organisms, and microbial communities.


  • Portrait of Christopher Chen



    Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
    Director, Biological Design Center