UW Bioengineering Research Centers

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UW Bioengineering’s interdisciplinary research centers create unique communities for exploring a range of frontiers in bioengineering. These centers support faculty and student research from across the UW campus.

Center for Cardiovascular Biology

The Center for Cardiovascular Biology (CCVB) is dedicated to discovering the molecular basis of cardiovascular disease, harnessing this information to develop new therapies, and training the next generation of cardiovascular physicians and scientists.

Center for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics

The Center for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics (CIDB) is a multi-disciplinary bioengineering research center with three cores – drug characterization, smart delivery systems and preclinical models – where scientists develop new approaches for delivering biological drugs inside human cells.

Center for Medical and Industrial Ultrasound

The Center for Medical and Industrial Ultrasound (CIMU) is an inter-departmental, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to ultrasound education, research and technology development for the academic, industrial and medical communities.

Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center dedicated to the development of technologies that assist individuals with mobility-related neural disorders. The interdisciplinary center combines advances in robotics, neuroscience, electromechanical devices and computer science to create devices that interact with and are inspired by nervous system function. The CSNE is a partnership between the UW, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and San Diego State University.

Heart and Muscle Mechanics

The Heart and Muscle Mechanics (HAMM) group is using a wide variety of biophysical, mathematical, molecular biology and bioengineering approaches to activating and regulating the cardiac and skeletal muscle.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is a series of innovative services and support mechanisms which aim to dramatically increase the ability of our biomedical graduate programs in attracting, retaining and promoting the success of under-represented minority students.

Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

The Institute of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine is engaged in the ethical pursuit of basic research and unleashing the potential of stem cells for improved therapies and cures for patients.

Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute

The Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute brings together faculty teams from across the University of Washington campus to catalyze translational research in the CleanTech and BioTech areas. The Institute is located in the new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building, a facility specially designed to promote collaborative molecular-scale research.

National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NIH)

National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC-BIO) is a state-of-the-art surface analysis instrumentation and research facility serving the bioengineering research community.

National Simulation Resource (NIH)

The National Simulation Resource (NSR) provides instructional, software and other tools in support of the Physiome Project.

Synthetic Biology

The UW Synthetic Biology web portal represents a community of interdisciplinary researchers exploring one of the most exciting frontiers in science and technology: the engineering and evolution of novel life-forms to address technical challenges in health, energy and the environment and to enhance our general understanding of living systems.

Ultrasound-based Washington Molecular Imaging and Therapy Center

Funded by the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, Ultrasound-based Washington Molecular Imaging and Therapy Center (uWAMIT) focuses on the discovery, development, translation and commercialization of molecular imaging and therapy technologies.

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

The University of Washington’s Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center brings together an interdisciplinary group of investigators to study hearing, hearing loss and related communication disorders so that those who would, might hear.

University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials – 21st Century (UWEB-21)

UWEB-21 brings together a cross-disciplinary team of scientists, biologists, engineers, researchers and physicians, as well as industry leaders, to exploit specific biological mechanisms in the development of medical innovations.