Molecular Engineering & 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 Clean Tech and Biotech areas. The Institute is intended to serve both as an intellectual accelerator to bring fresh approaches and ideas to societal grand challenges in sustainable energy and materials, and in medical therapeutics and diagnostics, and as a physical incubator where new interdisciplinary teams can come together in a shared space. It currently has more than 75 members from 14 different departments.

The Institute is located in the new Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building, a facility specially designed to promote collaborative molecular-scale research. The building houses more than fifteen faculty members, three research centers and four major instrumentation centers.

Together the instrumentation centers provides state-of-the-art instrumentation for molecular characterization and analysis for the use of the research community at the UW, as well as the larger non-profit and tech communities in Seattle. 

The Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute is also creating and coordinating interdisciplinary education programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. Drawing on the expertise of multiple departments, these programs  teach students the fundamental aspects of molecular-level engineering through core courses and top-notch research opportunities. 

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