North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has cre­ated a new depart­ment of bio­engi­neering within its Col­lege of Engi­neering school, the Boston-​​based uni­ver­sity announced this week.

The new depart­ment will fold in theEngi­neering School’s existing doc­toral pro­gram in bio­engi­neering and will develop new bachelor’s and master’s degree pro­grams in the field. Stu­dents also will be eli­gible for co-​​op opportunities.

The depart­ment will fur­ther the research that’s already underway at North­eastern in tissue engi­neering, biode­vices, bio­me­chanics and nan­otech­nology in med­i­cine and the envi­ron­ment, the uni­ver­sity said. The projects could pro­duce new drug delivery options along with new types of ban­dages that mon­itor the growth of bac­teria and that help lig­a­ments heal faster, and the like.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Lee Makowski is serving as the interim chairman of the depart­ment as the uni­ver­sity begins a search this spring for a per­ma­nent chairperson.

The uni­ver­sity expects to begin enrolling bach­e­lors and mas­ters degree stu­dents in the pro­gram in fall 2015.

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