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Carlos Aguilar joins BI

Carlos Aguilar, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, joined the Biointerfaces Institute in November 2017.  Aguilar's research group, the Nano-Omic-Bio-Engineering Lab (NOBEL), focuses on skeletal muscles. Learn more about their research here. 

Lahann part of newly awarded NSF-ERC center

BI director, Joerg Lahann, is part of the U-M team for the newly announced NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC).  Led by Boston University, the NSF-ERC aims to grow new heart tissues.  For more details on the award and team, please visit here.

Mike Solomon appointed Interim Dean of Rackham

Mike Solomon has been appointed as interim dean and intermin provost for academic affairs-gratduate studies of the UM Rackham Graduate School.

For more info on this appointment, please visit here.


Bill Stacey promoted to Associate Professor

 Congratulations to Bill Stacey who was recently promoted to associate professor  with tenure in the Department of Neurology, Medical School.  

Van Epps elected Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Congratulations to Scott Van Epps who was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Bill Stacey wins award from the American Academy of Neurology

Bill Stacey is the recipient of the 2017 Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award from the American Academy of Neurology. Congratulations Bill!

BI Inaugural Symposium

The Biointerfaces Institute's inaugural sympsosium on April 19 was a success with over 150 attendees.  A microposter sesison was organized in conjunction with the Sympoisum by the Biointerfaces Institute Researcher Group, with 55 poster submission.  The winners of the microsposter session were:

First place: Cameron Louttit (Moon Group)

Second place: Aqila Ahmed (Keller Group)

Third Place: Yingying Zeng (Kim Group)


From left to right: Zach Sperry (BIRG President), Yingying Zeng, Aqila Ahmed and Cameron Louttit

Sharon Glotzer featured in Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine published an interview with Sharon Glotzer to discuss her work on emergence. Link to the article here.

Apply to BI Fellows Program

The Biointerfaces Institute invites applications for its BI Fellows program.  BI Fellows will engaged in interdisciplinary research projects and received a one-year stipend of $55,000 and a $2,000 travel allowance.  Applications are due on May 15, 2017.  More details on the application process can be found here.

Nick Kotov's work on dental enamel published in Nature

Research in Nick Kotov's group centered around synthetic materials for tooth enamel has been published in the March issue of Nature.  More information can be found in the UM press release.

BI featured in Ann Arbor News' article on NCRC

BI was featured in an article published by Ann Arbor News - the article focuses on the University of Michigan's occupancy of the former Pfizer research site, since its acquisition.  BI director, Joerg Lahann, as well as ongoing research from BI was highlighted in the article. 

Nanoparticle-based targeting and detection of microcavities

The Lahann lab publishes its finding on starch-based, fluorescent nanoparticles for the early detection of dental caries. This work is done in collaboraton with Dr. Brian Clarkson from the UM Dental School.  The article was published in the January 2017 issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials and is featured on the inside front cover of the issue.

Nanodiscs to delivery personalized cancer therapy

Anna Schwendeman and James Moon recently published an article in Nature Materials reporting their work on designing nanodiscs for delivery of cancer therapies.

More details can be found in the article and the press release.


Nanoparticles self-assemble into nanoshells

Research in the Kotov group demonstrated the self assembly of inorganic nanoparticles into nanoshells, which can potentiallly be used for gene delivery applications.  More details here.

Solomon elected to AAAS

Professor Michael Solomon was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in recognition of his contribution to the field of colloid science.

Moon receives two R01 awards from NIH

Professor James Moon was awarded two NIH R01 awards.

One of the awards, "Tuning biomaterials-immune cell interactions for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme", is a collaboration with Drs. Maria Castro and Pedro Lowenstein from the UM Department of Neurosurgery.  This collaboration was initially formed during the Nanomedicine Challenge hosted by BI in 2013 and received seed funding from BI to develop nanoparticles that can be used for the treatment of Gliobastoma Multiforme.


Kotov wins ACS Award

Nick Kotov was awarded the 2017 ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry.  The award will be presented at the ACS National Meeting in April 2017.

Glotzer receives two honors from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Professor Sharon Glotzer has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE). The Fellow grade is AIChE's highest membership grade and is achieved only through election by its Board of Directors.

She has also been awarded the Alpha Chi Sigma Award fro Chemical Engineering Research.  

Nagrath promoted

Sunitha Nagrath was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Congratulations, Sunitha!

Biointerfaces Institute Research Group Formed

The Biointerfaces Research Group (BIRG) is an alliance of non-faculty researchers dedicated to finding opportunities to foster collaboration among clinicians, biomedical engineers, and life scientists within the Biointerfaces Institute. Leveraging the co-localization of researchers at the UM’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) from across medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, and the life sciences, BIRG members aim to facilitate interactions that enhance the flow of knowledge across disciplines, labs, and individuals. Hopefully, this engagement will result in paradigm-shifting discoveries as well as simply lead to deeper, more frequent discussion on interdisciplinary solutions to critical problems in biomedicine. For more information about BIRG events, please contact

BIRG Kickoff a Great Success

On Thursday June 12 the Bionterfaces Institute Research Group (BIRG) had their inaugural event, and welcomed over 125 people to their seminar on entrepreneurship.

Three speakers from inside and outside of the walls of the university as well as from technical and business backgrounds shared their thoughts on moving technology outside of the lab. BI faculty Nick Kotov spoke about his experiences with spinning off biomedical companies. Dr. Maggie McCammon, Investment Portfolio Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation provided information on resources and funds available to help start-ups. Prof Jim Price, of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at UM Ross Business School provided a top 10 list of how to be a successful entrepreneur.

The seminar was preceded by an introduction to the Biointerfaces Institute from BI Director, Prof. Joerg Lahann. Participants were joined by the presenters at a networking reception following the event.

BIRG is an a non-PI group of researchers dedicated to finding opportunities to foster collaboration among researchers within the BioInterfaces Institute.

Glotzer and Kotov Publish in Nature Communications

BI faculty Sharon Glotzer and Nicholas Kotov recently published a paper, "Terminal supraparticle assemblies form similarly charged protein molecules and nanoparticles," that describes how the team made the first  bionic particles from semiconductors and proteins to produce energy from light. More information:


Glotzer Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Sharon Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Professor of Chemical Engineering, is among the most recent inductees to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Her induction was announced Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States.

"It is certainly a huge honor to be recognized by the National Academy of Sciences for the research we do in my group. I am grateful and lucky to have the privilege of working with such wonderful students, postdocs and colleagues here at Michigan," said Glotzer. "This achievement belongs as much to them as it does to me."

Glotzer is recognized in the field for groundbreaking simulations of the self-assembly of nanoparticles into complex structures and theoretical contributions to patchy particles, colloidal crystals, quasicrystals and glass-forming liquids. She is also a professor of materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, physics and applied physics.

Prof. Glotzer is among 84 new NAS members recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. U-M currently has 25 active NAS members on the faculty.

The NAS currently comprises 2,214 active members. It is a nonprofit institution that recognizes achievement in science by election to membership and provides science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

Prof. Somin Lee joins the Biointerfaces Institute

Prof. Somin Lee joins the Biointerfaces Institute! Prof. Lee, a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. She has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UC Berkeley as a Siebel Scholar and National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellow. She was an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research interests lie in innovating bionanophotonic instrumentation to explore basic biological questions and advance therapeutics. The Biointerfaces Institute welcomes Somin Lee!

Prof. Nick Kotov Named 2014 MRS Fellows

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Prof. Nick Kotov one of their 2014 MRS Fellows. The maximum number of new Fellow appointments each year is limited to 0.2% of the current MRS membership. At about 32 new Fellows per year, it makes this distinction highly selective. Prof. Kotov will be honored at the MRS Spring Meeting in April. Congratulations, Nick!


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