PhD in Biological Engineering Program Available

July 7, 2020

Female and male scientists watering plants in labBATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is entering the second year of its PhD in Biological Engineering program. Formerly, only a PhD in Engineering Science with a Concentration in Biological Engineering was available.

This relatively new curriculum allows for the integration of biology and engineering in what is a growing field. It also puts LSU in competition with other leading programs around the country and dovetails with the department’s Fast Path Program–a partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to offer students a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD all in one to three years less than a traditional path.

“Currently, our program is not ranked nationally,” said David Constant, chair of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. “With the addition of [the PhD], our program will be competitively ranked, our visibility will be enhanced and the PhD enrollment will increase”.

The burgeoning program trains students to prepare research proposals, conduct research, write and publish peer-reviewed papers, and teach and mentor undergraduate students, preparing them for the work they will conduct as successful members of society. Graduates are then ready to pursue careers in a variety of fields–including biomedical, bioprocessing, agriculture or environmental engineering–across academia, industry or government.

“Our graduates’ contributions may be in research within biomedical companies or in the biotechnology job market, which is growing in Louisiana.” Constant said. “This program will also generate the future workforce that can address the many issues in healthcare in our state and beyond.”

Students interested in applying to the PhD program can do so online through the LSU Graduate School.

Click here for more information on the PhD program. You may also contact Constant at or Cristina Sabliov, graduate program coordinator for the department, at


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