A number of BMSE faculty work in the field of bioengineering, approximately equally split between faculty who's research focus is on solving biomedical problems via the application of traditional engineering (microelectronics, microfluidics etc) and those who are re-engineering biological materials and systems to better suit them for specific end applications. To these ends, BMSE faculty have pioneered work on minimally invasive trans-dermal drug delivery, on the development of microfluidic methods for massively parallel cell counting and screening, and on improving our understanding of the chemistry and physics underlying biological materials.

Affiliated Faculty

Chemical Engineering

Intermolecular and surface forces in colloidal and biocolloidal systems and materials, adhesion, and friction.

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Nanomedicine and bioengineering to explore fundamental biology, construct new approaches to disease diagnosis, and develop effective means for disease prevention, therapy, and cure.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Bioengineering and protein biophysics.

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Beth Pruitt interests lie at the intersection of mechanobiology, microfabrication, engineering and science and her lab specializes in engineering microsystems and biointerfaces for quantitative mechanobiology. 


Structures and interactions in complex fluids and biological systems; new materials for gene delivery into mammalian cells.

Photo of Omar Saleh

The Saleh Group studies the physics of soft matter systems, with a focus on the active and passive micro-mechanics of biomolecules and polymers. These studies are pursued using modern instrumentation that permits insight into nanoscale structure and forces.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Design, synthesis, and characterization of new bioinorganic materials with an emphasis on understanding interface assembly & control of bioprocesses.