Biointerfaces Institute

Redefining collaboration in the physical and life sciences

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Lonnie Shea

William and Valerie Hall Chair, Biomedical Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Cell & Tissue Engineering

Shea Lab



Diane Simeone

Lazar J Greenfield Professor, Surgery; Professor, Surgery; Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology; Associate Chair of Research, and Director of Translational Research, Medical School

Cell & Tissue Engineering



Mike Solomon

Professor, Chemical Engineering & Macromolecular Science and Engineering Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School


Solomon Group research interests are in the area of soft matter - materials with properties intermediate between fluids and solids. The Solomon group has developed and applied 3D confocal microscopy, rheological, and light scattering methods to study the soft matter phenomena of self-assembly, gelation, and the biomechanics of bacterial biofilms.

Solomon Lab



William Stacey

Assistant Professor, Neurology; Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Microfluidics & Sensors

Dr. Stacey’s lab is dedicated to developing better implantable devices to control epilepsy.

Stacey Lab



Shuichi Takayama

Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering Biointerfaces Institute – Executive Committee

Microfluidics & Sensors

Current research interests of the Takayama Group include: micro/nanofluidics, cellular microenvironment engineering, epigenetics, and protein biomarker analysis. Technologically, the group works on microfluidics, aqueous two phase systems, self-switching fluidic circuits, and nanofluidics that are used to construct microfluidic models of the body such as artificial oviducts for enhanced in vitro fertilization treatment, microtissue engineered models of lung injury, and 3D models of cancer metastasis for drug testing. Work also includes multiplexed immunoassays, multi-color histone modification mapping from single chromatin strands, and studying timing and rhythms of cell signaling.

Takayama Lab



Anish Tuteja

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Biomaterials & Drug Delivery

The Tuteja Group research interests are in the area of surface science. Specifically, the Group works on developing so called super-omniphobic surfaces (surfaces on which all liquids bead up and roll-off). They have also developed a novel technique to fabricate, on a very large scale, nano- and micro- particles of any size, shape, or chemistry. The developed particles shape, size and composition can be used to engineer bio-distribution, skin or lung uptake, intra-cellular localization and cell response. This technique can also be used to fabricate mono-, bi- (or Janus), tri- and multi-phasic polymeric particles with any desired composition.

Tuteja Group



Scott VanEpps

Clinical Lecturer, Emergency Medicine

Biomaterials & Drug Delivery

Dr. VanEpps research currently focuses on the prevention and treatment of medical device related infection.

Van Epps



Max Wicha

Distinguished Professor, Oncology; Director, UM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cell & Tissue Engineering

Wicha lab researchers study the biology of stem cells in the normal mammary gland and breast cancers by isolating and characterizing normal and malignant mammary stem cells and the changes in these key cells during carcinogenesis. The lab has demonstrated that breast cancers are driven by a small subcomponent of cancer stem cells. These cells are important in carcinogenesis but may also account for resistance of cancers to therapeutic agents. The lab is elucidating the molecular pathways that regulate self-renewal and cell fate determination in these cells. The Wicha lab is working with clinical investigators to design clinical trials that specifically target breast cancer stem cells. The lab is also investigating stem cells in other human malignancies including thyroid and lung cancers.

Wicha Lab



Nadine Wong

Managing Director

Administrative Team