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Academic Enterprise

Drexel University has grown into a comprehensive, nationally ranked research university with extensive capability for interdisciplinary discovery and development, and a wide range of resources to offer to potential partners. Here is a look at some of Drexel’s major competencies, by college or school.

College of Arts and Sciences


  • Computational biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Biology of aging
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell imaging


  • Separation science
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Sensors


  • DNA physical mapping techniques
  • Algorithm development to categorize clinical significance of prognostic factors
  • Mathematical aspects of imaging modalities including tomography
  • Modeling of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • Deep brain stimulation and other brain stimulation techniques
  • Analysis of spatiotemporal patterns of the neural field model related to working memory


  • All atom molecular dynamics simulations
  • Protein folding, assembly and aggregation
  • Neuronal organization


  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Cognitive psychology/neuroscience

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biosystems, biosensing, bioimaging
  • Neuroengineering
  • Optical brain imaging and human performance

Bennett S. Lebow College of Business

  • Financial modeling
  • Budgeting
  • Survey methodology
  • Market research
  • Business plans
  • Analysis of risk
  • Organizing for discovery and development
  • Impact of incentives and goals on human decision makingData-driven large-sample research

College of Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Biomaterials and drug delivery
  • Polymer composites
  • Biosensors
  • Fuel cells, solar cells and alternative fuels
  • Computer simulation of chemical and biological phenomena

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

  • Infrastructure monitoring and maintenance
  • Environmental risk assessment and remediation
  • Sustainable building materials and practices
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Urban environmental problems

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Wireless communication
  • Electro-optics
  • Computer engineering
  • Entertainment technology
  • Smart grid and power systems optimization

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials and sensors
  • Soft materials and polymers
  • Material synthesis and characterization
  • Energy storage

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

  • Robotics
  • Plasma science and engineering
  • Combustion and fuels
  • Lab-on-a-chip and sensors
  • Mechanics of materials

Engineering Management

  • Project management
  • Systems engineering
  • Business ethics, risk management
  • Organizational behavior

College of Information Science and Technology

  • Human-centered computing
  • Informatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Social informatics and media
  • Library and information science
  • Geo-spatial systems
  • Software engineering and design

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

  • Animation, virtual simulation and special effects
  • Video game design
  • Web and interactive design: cross platform design for all mobile applications
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Product design
  • Design thinking and management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Graphic design: package design, motion graphics, branding and visual communications
  • Architecture and interior design: expertise in sustainable and human-centered design
  • High-tech fabrications
  • High-tech and traditional fashion design, wearable technology and sustainable design
  • Retailing and e-commerce
  • Audio recording
  • Film and television production
  • Photography
  • Entertainment and media industry management
  • Arts management of the non-profit cultural sector
  • Fine arts and art history
  • Performing arts: dance, theater, music

College of Medicine

Major Research Competencies

  • Infectious and inflammatory diseases
  • Spinal cord injury and repair
  • Pain
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases and cardiac devices
  • Cancer
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry

Microbiology and Immunology

  • Virology (especially HIV/AIDS and hepatitis) NeuroAIDS Mechanisms of antimicrobial drug resistance

Neurobiology and Anatomy

  • Spinal cord injury and repair
  • Nervous system response to injury
  • Cellular neurobiology
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Preclinical models of addictive disorders

Biochemistry and Moleular Biology

  • Cancer biology
  • Understanding structure-function relationships in biological macromolecules

Pharmacology and Physiology

  • Pain
  • Transporter mechanisms
  • Depression and inflammatory cytokines
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Addictive disorders
  • NeuroAIDS
  • Understanding mechanisms of cancer metastasis


  • Neuropathic pain (especially chronic regional pain syndrome)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Clinical memory disorders

Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases

  • Hepatitis
  • Antimicrobial drug resistance


  • Breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Prostate cancer


  • Cardiac devices
  • Heart failure and transplantation


  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction


  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Endocrinology
  • Neonatal-perinatal medicine

College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Behavioral health
  • Family-centered care
  • Patient population information
  • Healthcare education for professionals and patients
  • Healthcare education and intervention outcomes
  • Health screening and promotion
  • Point-of-care technology
  • Couple and family therapy
  • Health disparities and social justice
  • Music, art and dance/movement therapies
  • Nutrition and human eating behavior
  • Health systems and science research
  • Physical activity, physical therapy and rehabilitation

Dornsife School of Public Health

Community Health and Prevention

  • Improving individual-level health behaviors through multilevel strategies in an ecological framework
  • Influences on health behaviors
  • Disparities and social justice in health
  • Public health ethics/bioethics
  • Maternal-child health
  • LGBT research and education

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Aging
  • Infectious disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Social epidemiology
  • Obesity/physical activity/nutrition
  • Neuro-epidemiology

Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Asbestos-related diseases
  • International workplace health
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Safety culture
  • Child environmental health
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Radiation, occupational medicine

Health Management and Policy

  • Public health infrastructure
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health services
  • Training and professional development for public health workforce
  • Addressing trauma and violence
  • Learning innovation
  • Anti-hunger and antipoverty policies and advocacy
  • Public health law
  • Policy analysis