The Bioengineer is a non-scholarly source of insights and advances in the field. It is also my personal blog. 

I’m Pranita! I hold a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Academic interests include orthopedic biomechanics, biostatistics, and entrepreneurship. I’m also a bit of a francophile! The best month of my life was when I studied abroad in Martinique, an overseas region of France located in the Lesser Antilles. 

Are you considering bioengineering as a path? Are you a washed out undergrad seeking advice? Ask me anything.


What is bioengineering? What is biomedical engineering??

It is the application of math, science, technology, economics, art – all sorts of practical knowledge, really – to biology and medicine. It exists in research, entrepreneurship, software, and big pharma among countless other manifestations. The field began to take on an identity in the last few decades, but bioengineering has existed for centuries within “traditional” engineering disciplines (e.g. electrical, mechanical, chemical).

Whether the terminologies are synonymous is up for debate, but I use “bioengineering” and “biomedical engineering” interchangeably.

Cool cover photo! What is it?

The beautiful and deadly Salmonella serotype Typhi, courtesy of James Archer and the Public Health Image Library