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Call for new submissions to our emerging leaders collection

Journal of Biological Engineering invites submissions from emerging leaders in biological engineering to contribute to our special collection.  Launched in 2018, this collection has re-opened for new submissions, subject to editorial approval. Read more.


  1. Authors: Jordan Baumgardner, Karen Acker, Oyinade Adefuye, Samuel Thomas Crowley, Will DeLoache, James O Dickson, Lane Heard, Andrew T Martens, Nickolaus Morton, Michelle Ritter, Amber Shoecraft, Jessica Treece, Matthew Unzicker, Amanda Valencia, Mike Waters, AMalcolm Campbell…

  2. Authors: Karmella A Haynes, Marian L Broderick, Adam D Brown, Trevor L Butner, James O Dickson, W Lance Harden, Lane H Heard, Eric L Jessen, Kelly J Malloy, Brad J Ogden, Sabriya Rosemond, Samantha Simpson, Erin Zwack, A Malcolm Campbell, Todd T Eckdahl, Laurie J Heyer…


Thematic series
Biological Engineering Research in South Korea
Edited by Jeong-Yeol Yoon


Thematic series
Emerging leaders in biological engineering
Edited by Raj R Rao


Thematic series
Stem cell engineering and regenerative medicine
Edited by Raj R Rao

Thematic series
Convergence of biosensors and technologies
Edited by Jeong-Yeol Yoon


Thematic series
Emerging biomaterials for translational medicine
Edited by Jeong-Yeol Yoon

Announcing the launch of In Review

Journal of Biological Engineering, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received

Aims and scope

Biological engineering is an emerging discipline that encompasses engineering theory and practice connected to and derived from the science of biology, just as mechanical engineering and electrical engineering are rooted in physics and chemical engineering in chemistry. Topical areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthetic biology and cellular design
  • Biomolecular, cellular and tissue engineering
  • Bioproduction and metabolic engineering
  • Biosensors
  • Ecological and environmental engineering
  • Biological engineering education and the biodesign process

As the official journal of the Institute of Biological EngineeringJournal of Biological Engineering provides a home for all research on the continuum of biological information science, molecules and cells, product formation, wastes and remediation, and educational advances in curriculum content and pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate-levels.

Manuscripts should explore commonalities with other fields of application by providing some discussion of the broader context of the work and how it connects to other areas within the field.

Featured collection: Biological Engineering Research in South Korea

We believe that Journal of Biological Engineering is moving on a positive trajectory towards world-class journal in biological engineering. To better showcase this positive trend, we are initiating the region-specific thematic series focused on specific country or region. Our first country/region is South Korea. The number of JBE articles from South Korea has steadily increased in recent years and we would like to see a higher number of top-quality contributions from this country. Read more.

About the Society

The Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) is a professional organization which encourages inquiry and interest in biological engineering. IBE supports advances in our understanding of biological engineering across education, research, industry, government and the public. Through publications, meetings, and distribution of information and services, IBE encourages cooperation and collaboration between biological engineers, and the dissemination of knowledge in the field.

About the Editors

Professor Jeong-Yeol Yoon

Jeong-Yeol received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul (South Korea) in 1992, 1994 and 1999, respectively, under the guidance of Professor Woo-Sik Kim, in collaboration with Professor Jung-Hyun Kim, where he worked primarily on polymer colloids. He received his second Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles in 2004, working on lab-on-a-chip and biomaterials, under the guidance of Professor Robin L. Garrell. He joined faculty of the University of Arizona in August 2004, and currently holds split home appointments in Department of Biomedical Engineering (primary) and Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (secondary). He also holds a joint appointment in BIO5 Institute. He is currently directing Biosensors Lab. Dr Yoon is a member of IBEASABE and SPIE, and was Councilor-at-Large for IBE for 2010 and 2011 calendar years. He has been elected as President of IBE in 2013, and served as President Elect in 2014, President in 2015, and Immediate Past President in 2016. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Biological Engineering (IBE) and Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), and has served as Associate Editor for ASABE journals and Editorial Board Member for Resource Magazine (ASABE). Dr Yoon is currently Co-Director of NIH-funded Cardiovascular Training Grant at the University of Arizona.

For more information, see Professor Yoon's lab website.

Professor Raj R Rao

Professor Rao received his B.E. (Hons) and M.Sc (Hons) concurrently in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences, respectively, from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani, India. He then went on to earn his M.S in Biotechnology from the University of Texas, and his Ph.D in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to that (2005-2016), he served on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, School of Engineering. He is a valued member of the Society for Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, Institute of Biological Engineering, and International Society for Stem Cell Research. He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and elected Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES); and served as the President of the Institute of Biological Engineering (2022-2023). Professor Rao has authored over 60 peer reviewed articles in a wide range of journals.

For more information, see Professor Rao's web page.

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