Exploring endless subjects

Though Biodesign has particular research strengths in key topics such as infectious diseases, immunology, imaging and testing, environment, cancer, neuroscience, and security, our areas of exploration encompass much more. 

Our desire to improve health, safety and sustainability for people worldwide, along with our curiosity and diverse expertise, continuously push us to ask questions and apply knowledge to the many issues facing humanity. Below is a more comprehensive list of the topics our scientists cover.

  • Aging
  • Blood diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Chemically induced disorders
  • Circulatory conditions
  • Clean groundwater and soil
  • Congenital, hereditary and neonatal diseases and abnormalities
  • Digestive system diseases
  • Disorders of environmental origin
  • Health-care solutions
  • Kidney and urinary diseases
  • Malaria
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Nervous system diseases
  • Nutritional diseases
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Skin and connective tissue diseases
  • Valley fever
  • Vision impairment

The problem that the immune system solves for the body is roughly the same problem we would like cybersecurity systems to solve… We need to ask ourselves: are there general principles that govern malicious behaviors in systems? How do we defend against them?

Stephanie Forrest Professor and director of the Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society

Primary research areas

Biodesign has particular strength in the following areas of study. Learn more about our ongoing research and how we’re bringing scientists together.

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