Biology and Medicine

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Milan Mrksich

Biomaterials and interfaces, cell adhesion and migration, electroactive interfaces, physical organic chemistry of interfacial reactions, and bio-inspired nanostructured materials and biochips.

Picture: Localisation microscopy: Htt aggregates in tunneling nanotubes


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Vadim Backman

New bio-imaging and spectroscopy technology, cancer screening, and related theory.

Picture: Live HeLa cell nanocytology image and its fluorescence (main panel).


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William Miller

Human and animal cell culture applications in biotechnology, medicine, and tissue engineering with a focus on megakaryopoiesis and ex vivo platelet production from blood stem cells.

Picture: Proplatelet formation

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Derk Joester   

Engineering of biomaterials synthesis in cell culture and the biologically inspired in vitro synthetic (re)construction of artificial mineralizing systems.

Picture: In vitro stabilization of amorphous calcium carbonate within phospholipid vesicles.

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Samuel Stupp

Development of self-assembling organic materials, focusing on functions relevant to energy and medicine.

Picture: Peptide amphiphile nanostructure for cell signaling.


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Vinayak Dravid

“Theranostic” nanostructures: diagnostic imaging & targeted therapeutics.

Picture: Magnetic nanostructures for targeting cancer cells.


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Horacio D. Espinosa

Engineered microsystems for cell access and analysis. Single cell studies. Cell-cell mechanics

Picture: A microsystem for cell access and analysis.


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Chad Mirkin

Spherical nucleic acids in novel materials synthesis, novel biodetection and nanotherapeutic approaches.

Picture: A spherical nucleic acid.


Acknowledgement Statement for Publications

This work utilized Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB), which is partially supported by Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource (NSF ECCS-1542205), the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (NSF DMR-1121262), the State of Illinois, and Northwestern University.