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.
BioE Assistant Professor Harikrishnan Parameswaran’s research on “Intercellular communication controls agonist-induced calcium oscillations independently of gap junctions in smooth muscle cells” was published in Science Advances.
BioE alumnus Craig Smallwood, PhD’18, invented a respiratory-assist device as an alternative to a ventilator for low-resource environments. BioE Professor and Chair Lee Makowski, in collaboration with physicians at Korle Bu Hospital in Ghana, has made the first few of these devices available for use on patients suffering from respiratory distress.
BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti, in collaboration with the University of California-Los Angeles and University of Massachusetts Amherst, was awarded a $150K NSF RAPID grant for “Low-Cost, Non-invasive, Fast Sample Collection System for COVID-19 Viral Load Level Diagnosis: Point-of-Care and Environmental Testing.”
MIE/BioE Professor Sandra Shefelbine and COS Associate Professor James Monaghan were awarded a $650K NSF grant for “Manipulating Fluid Flow in Mechanoadaptation of Bone.”