• Neuroregeneration and Cognition Challenge Seed Fund Awards

    BI and MNI are pleased to announce the funding selection for the recent Challenge seed fund competition

  • Announcing the 2022 BI Innovator Awardees

    The Innovators will be recognized at the fall BI Research Symposium

  • Call for Applications for BI Innovation Fellows

    We are seeking applications for the BI Innovation Fellows to explore research commercialization

  • Review on repellent surfaces and coatings by Tuteja Lab appears in Science

    The review provides an overview of superhydrophobic, superomniphobic, lubricant-infused, and liquid-like surfaces.

  • Newly developed carbon electrodes show promise as long-term brain-machine interface

    This finding is part of collaborative work by the labs of Cindy Chestek and Tim Bruns

  • New BI research cluster in "BioInnovations in Brain Cancer" launches its new website

    The Biosciences-funded BioInnovations in Brain Cancer is a newly established research cluster at BI.

  • Nick Kotov's work on dental enamel published in Nature

    Kotov Lab develops structural batteries for mobile robots

    These biomorphic batteries could provide more energy to robots.

  • Single Cell Technologies

    Capturing natural killer cells and harvesting their exosomes to fight cancer

    A new microfluidic chip from S. Nagrath's lab enables investigation of the potential for exosomes to combat cancer cells.

  • BI Startup EVOQ Therapeutics inks license and collaboration agreement with Amgen

    Under this agreement EVOQ and Amgen will work on discovery and development of drugs for autoimmune disorders.

  • Kotov and VanEpps collaborate to create new class of antibiotics

    FDA awards $5M to establish Center for Research on Complex Generics

    Anna Schwendeman will co-direct the Center with James Polli from the University of Maryland

  • 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 six research clusters that break down disciplinary barriers to generate high-impact biomedical innovations.



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

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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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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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BioInnovations in Brain Cancer

Drive innovation and translation that will deliver technological breakthroughs and a real impact for brain cancer patients.

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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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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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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 25+ Multi-Disciplinary Teams


Department Challenges Organized That Brought Together 350+ Participants

Since 2012 BI Researchers Have Participated In

1700+ Publications
120,000+ Citations


Issued US 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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