Bioengineering & Biophysics Laboratory

Bioengineering and biophysics is regarded as the interface between the physical sciences and engineering, while also inherently integrating the biological sciences. The main emphasis is on the analytical and experimental approaches of physics, physical chemistry, engineering and mathematical analysis.

The biological sciences have entered a phase in which the application of experimental and analytical methodologies, and the concepts derived from the physical sciences and mathematics are becoming very common. Bioengineering has matured to the point where it has impacted significantly on the human condition, with the development of bionic devices such as pacemakers and bionic hearing, as well as a host of new biotechnology systems. Developments in bioengineering and biophysics over the last two decades have changed the face of biology and medicine, particularly in our understanding of processes at the molecular and cellular levels and in the development of new analytical and diagnostic instrumentation for research and medical practice.

The training of biologists, physical scientists and engineers is becoming inadequate and incomplete without a substantial inclusion of bioengineering and biophysics. The feedback cycle between biology, science and engineering has led to new insights into biology via new technologies and analytical methods (for example, the electron microscope, AFM, NMR, neutron and X-ray diffraction), is now set to advance further with biologically inspired devices and processes that will spawn the next generation of engineering devices and nanotechnologies.

There are many career opportunities for engineering graduates with a solid understanding of the physical basis of the life processes, and of the physics and engineering underpinning the new generation of biomedical instrumentation, and the rapidly advancing field of implantable prostheses and bionic devices.