• Science article reports on new nanofiber carpets that could mimic gecko feet

    Find out more about this breakthrough research from the Lahann Lab

  • Akadeum Life Sciences

    Call for Nominations for inaugural round of BI Innovator Awards

    The goal of the Innovator Award is to recognize faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral researchers who are active contributors

  • A barrier-free environment for ongoing collaboration

    We provide a state of the art collaboratory.

  • Creating a new research paradigm Delivering transformative technologies

    We foster collaborative, interdisciplinary, and groundbreaking research through collocation in a dynamic research environment.

  • Solving the biggest, most complex health challenges of our time

    Making interdisciplinary collaborations happen is our mission.

Charting a new generation of biomedical research

The breakthrough biomedical discoveries of the future — discoveries with the power to transform healthcare and change millions of lives — will not take place in disciplinary silos or isolated labs. They will occur at the interface of disciplines, and they will be fueled by innovative, forward-thinking, and often unexpected collaborations among leading investigators from life and physical sciences.

Making those collaborations happen is the mission of the University of Michigan Biointerfaces Institute. It’s a mission we achieve every day, a vision that becomes reality through a combination of superb talent, peerless facilities, non-stop networking, and funding opportunities that ignite new discoveries and speed the delivery of high-impact healthcare to the world.

BI Research

Research within the institute focuses on the juncture between physical and biological systems and comprises of five research clusters that break down disciplinary barriers to generate high-impact biomedical innovations.

Single Cell Technologies

Single Cell Technologies

To build a synergistic scientific and technological platform to understand a single cell through the convergence of biology, computation and engineering.

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To probe nanomaterials self-assembly through simulation and guide the development of new nanomaterials.

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Neural Engineering

Neural Engineering

To develop methods to probe the nervous system and to generate novel neural interfaces.

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Cell and Tissue Engineering

Cell and Tissue Engineering

To understand fundamental principles of cell biology and exploit this knowledge to develop novel technologies for manipulating biological materials.

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Advanced Materials and Drug Delivery

Advanced Materials and Drug Delivery

To create and apply cutting-edge biomaterials for high-impact biomedical applications and to create paradigm-changing approaches and systems for advanced drug delivery.

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BI Impact

BI researchers are active contributors to the university’s research mission: engaging in scientific discovery and entrepreneurship across the institute and the entire campus. At BI, we are making scholarly impact and technological strides, while training the next generation of biomedical engineers.

Research Accomplishments


in research expenditures since 2012


Distribution In Seed Funding To 20 Multi-Disciplinary Teams


Department Challenges Organized That Brought Together 300+ Participants

Since 2012 BI Researchers Have Participated In

1000+ Publications
100,000+ Citations


Issued Patents

New Startups

Events & Announcements

The Biointerfaces Institute brings extensive experience to the collaborations that lead to scientific breakthroughs, successful translation, and advanced learning.

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