Arizona State University

Graduate College

Biological Design Graduate Program


Program in Sociology

Tempe, AZ 85287

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Biological Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our graduate 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. Students are expected to complete the program in 4-5 years. Students accepted into the Biological Design PhD program will be supported as Research Assistants (RAs) in the first year of study and generally through the term of their studies. We offer competitive compensation and a great work environment.

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. 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.

  • 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.

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