Nanocellulose, biofilms, biomembranes, hydrogels, and the 3D printing of these materials are being investigated and the information applied to biomedical uses. The surface behavior and interface interactions of these materials are areas of exploration. The creation and refining of 3D engineered models has led to discoveries about the bone marrow niche and blood cancer, adipocytes and cancer and heart disease, and inflammation and angiogenesis. Sensors are being designed to detect bioterrorism, explosives, and microbial pathogens.
Faculty research includes miniaturization of instruments, the creation of biomedical nanodevices, microrobots, microelectromechanical systems, biosensors acoustical wave sensors, and wireless communications. Specialized image analysis, computational modeling, and microscopy are part of the program. Opportunities for focused research on single molecule imaging techniques including Fluorescence Photoactivation Localization Microscopy (FPALM), second harmonic generation, and multiphoton microscopy are available.