Celeste Nelson

Venture Forward: Bioengineering

To a day when bioengineers discover the secrets of complex biological systems, unlocking extraordinary potential for advancements in health, medicine and quality of life.

Gil Omenn and Martha Darling, posing for the camera

WATCH: The new bioengineering institute

A n overhead rendering of the new environmental studies and engineering neighborhood
Major gift from Gilbert Omenn ’61 and Martha Darling *70 names bioengineering institute

Alumni Gilbert Omenn ’61 and Martha Darling *70 have made a transformational gift, as part of the Venture Forward campaign, to name a new bioengineering institute at Princeton University.

Bioengineering Venture Forward


The Princeton Bioengineering Initiative aims to build synergy with a broad cross section of Princeton’s research activities in the life sciences and engineering, including biomolecular, cellular and tissue engineering for human health, biomedical device development and other technologies that interface with biological systems, and data science approaches in biology and medicine.

“There is no question that we are at a turning point in terms of the ability to harness biological systems for the good of humanity.”

— Cliff Brangwynne, inaugural director of the Princeton Bioengineering Initiative


Because of Princeton’s interdisciplinary strengths and thriving internal and external partnerships, bioengineering at the University is at an inflection point for growth and service to humanity.

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People working in lab lit by blue light

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Olga Troyanskaya

Olga Troyanskaya combines computer science with genomics