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BIOTRANS is a Virginia Tech program of education and research at the engineering-biology interface that investigates dynamic transport processes in multiscale biological systems.

about biotrans

The BIOTRANS program aims to prepare future leaders of industrial and academic research to think, collaborate, and solve problems at the intersection of the engineering and biological sciences. The program is based on a systematic process of increasingly interdisciplinary coursework, student interaction, community development, and cross-disciplinary research experience, including ethics and professional development training. Key components of this program include an interactive seminar series; cross-disciplinary education, including both new and established courses; interdisciplinary research experience; and a collaborative grant proposal competition.

The BIOTRANS faculty and trainees are located in nine different departments and programs across three different colleges at Virginia Tech.

Biological Sciences (BIOL)

Biological Systems Engineering (BSE)

Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM)

Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB)

Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE)

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES)

If you have any questions about the BIOTRANS program or would like to apply for the program, please contact the Program Director, Jing Chen (, and/or the Program Co-Director, Anne Staples (