The Bioengineering Systems Focus Area consists of two educational programs offered jointly by the collaborating Portuguese universities:

These educational programs are intended to train students in bioengineering technical innovation, with a strong emphasis on the specific emerging technologies targeted to complement and enhance existing Portuguese biosciences and technologies.

This includes first-rate education and research in: tissue engineering, biomaterials, computational and synthetic biosystems, drug development, neuroscience, biomedical devices and technologies, health and environmental systems, and innovation and leadership for future bioengineers.

Bioengineering graduates will have a strong knowledge in these research areas and will be capable of conceiving, conducting or implementing research in scientific projects in bio-engineering laboratories and companies around the world.

Graduates will also have a strong background in innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, and will possess the problem-solving and communication skills needed for successful careers in bio-engineering and bio-engineering systems—certainly among the most important areas of technological inquiry in the world today.

Candidates for Bioengineering educational programs will have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: biological and biochemistry engineering, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences or other areas related with bioengineering. Applicants with an interest in technological innovation and entrepreneurship in the bioengineering field, a capacity to work in groups, and a strong motivation to work on R&D projects will be given particular consideration.

Many top MIT faculty/researchers are involved in our educational programs, including faculty from MIT's School of Engineering, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and MIT’s School of Science and the School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences. Also involved are outstanding Portuguese faculty from the Technical University of Lisbon–UTL (Instituto Superior Técnico, IST), the New University of Lisbon (Faculty of Science and Technology–FCTUNL, the Institute of Chemical and Biologic Technology–ITQB), the University of Minho (School of Engineering–UMinho), and the University of Coimbra (Faculty of Science and Technology–FCTUC, and the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology–CNC).

The Program Leads for the Bioengineering focus area are:

Dava Newman (MIT)
Manuel Nunes da Ponte (FCTUNL)
Eugénio Ferreira (UMinho)
Joaquim Sampaio Cabral (IST)