The Biomaterials Group aims to develop self-assembled, bio-integrated electronic, synthetic, and nanoscale materials for biomedical applications. Research and teaching areas include self-assembled nanostructures, bioelectronics, synthetic biology, bio-membrane dynamics, nanotechnology, controlled drug release, cell-material interactions, immunoengineering and computational analysis of molecular dynamics.
Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems, using the methods of mechanics. Biomechanics can be applied to whole organisms, organs, cells and cell organelles. Biomechanical experimental measures and computational approaches are fundamental to nearly every possible biomedical engineering application.
Research in this area harnesses biological components — genes, RNA, enzymes, and lipids — to reveal the engineering principles that underlie function and to build entirely new systems and devices.
In BME at Northwestern University, research in imaging and biophotonics includes new technology development, image-based biophysical modeling of disease processes, the application of these techniques to address crucial problems in fundamental biology and human physiology, and translation into clinical applications and patient studies.
Neural engineering extends and applies basic knowledge of the nervous system to develop useful technology for medical and other applications.
The focus of research in medical devices and instrumentation is to conceptualize, design, fabricate, and validate novel therapeutic and diagnostic tools.