School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


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The Centre for Biological Engineering

The Centre for Biological Engineering (CBE) at Loughborough University is a multi-disciplinary research centre, bridging the fields of engineering and biology and integrating the research work of two sections of the University:

  • the Department of Chemical Engineering and 
  • the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Operational since 2009, the CBE is a product of Loughborough University's forward thinking approach to cross-departmental collaboration in research, evidenced by the existence of five multi-disciplinary Research Schools across the campus. Significant University funding, secured through the Research School of Health and Life Sciences, has enabled the redevelopment of facilities at Holywell Park to create a state-of-the-art research facility.

The vision is to enable Loughborough's engineering strength to be developed as a direct interface with biology and medicine enabling Loughborough to compete with the best biological engineers in the world. There are clear possibilities for cross-fertilisation across the three disciplines, thus offering further opportunities to grow the CBE to be even more distinct on the international stage.

CBE is one of the major national centres for late stage, cGMP, process oriented research allowing Loughborough to continue to attract considerable external investment (~£14m to date) enabling us to compete and naturally grow in a worldwide marketplace.