Convergent research with collaboration across government, industry, and academia
Faculty conduct research as part of the College of Engineering’s multidisciplinary research centers and institutes with funding by eight federal agencies, as well as part of college-wide Research Initiatives, and within their laboratories. View faculty profiles for laboratory research as well as our recent Scholarship Reports.
Institute for the Chemical Imaging of Living Systems
The Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems focuses on in vivo chemical analysis and imaging, and leverages key university strengths, including nanosensors for in vivo chemical analysis, imaging, soft robotics, and embedded systems. At its core is an imaging center open to the Northeastern community.
For an overview of the research by area and by faculty member conducted in our department, download our Research at a Glance presentation.
Faculty Laboratory Research Highlights
BioE/COS Professor Heather Clark developed a new DNA-based nanosensor that tracks neurotransmitter communication between the body and brain in real-time. The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A burgeoning field of medicine known as bioelectronic medicine seeks to use highly specific nerve stimulation to treat neurological diseases. In order to precisely target the nerves, scientists need to know how they react in real time and in living organisms; this nanosensor represents a step in that direction.
Congratulations to the 17 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY22 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects.
BioE Assistant Professor Harikrishnan Parameswaran received a $600K CAREER award for “Elucidating the Role of Collective Cell-Matrix Interactions in the Mechanobiology of Airway Narrowing.”
BioE Assistant Professor and Allen Distinguished Investigator Nikolai Slavov published a perspective article in Nature Biotechnology “Increasing proteomics throughput” highlighting new mass-spectrometry technologies transcending limitations in the throughput of proteomics and opening the stage for many exciting applications.