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Engineering | School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Graduate Degree in Biological Design

The Ph.D. program in Biological Design seeks to develop a new type of scientist by training students in core disciplines related to biology while simultaneously preparing them to participate successfully in the interdisciplinary research teams of the future.The research emphasis is on projects that are use-inspired, contributing directly to solutions for important societal challenges.This is a highly mentored program of personalized study that provides significant interaction with the large and vibrant research community at ASU and with partner organizations locally and nationally.

This program is jointly offered through ASU’s Biological Design Institute, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Students are expected to complete the program in 4-5 years. Students accepted into the Biological Design Ph.D. program will be supported by the program in the first year and through a combination of research and teaching assistantships through the remainder of their studies.

What is Biological Design?

Biological Design attempts to mimic or harness natural processes by understanding the rules by which nature designs highly adaptable and efficient systems.

  • Designed around the student with a highly-mentored approach
  • Focused on goal-oriented research projects that address urgent societal needs
  • Employing the latest advances in the biosciences, engineering and informatics
  • Building the skills to engage as a team member in interdisciplinary biosystems research

It employs the latest advances at the intersection of biology, engineering and computing to meet these needs.The Ph.D. in Biological Design seeks creative thinkers who align themselves not by academic discipline but by a desire to engage with others in advancing human health and quality of life.