Biomaterials

Biomaterials are vital engineered tools that are used in some form across all of medicine. From the light weight but mechanically strong metals used in hip implants, to the optically transparent and permeable polymers used in contact lenses, to the lipid nanoparticles used to deliver important vaccines, biomaterials are the foundation of current and emerging medical therapies. Biomaterials interact directly with biological systems requiring them to have excellent biocompatibility while also maintaining appropriate physical, chemical, electrical, magnetic and/or mechanical properties that ensure they can perform their intended functions. BU BME biomaterials faculty are at the cutting-edge of biomaterials research, innovation and translation. At BU BME, diverse and interdisciplinary teams are: synthesizing new advanced biocompatible and bioactive biomaterials with tunable properties; fabricating biomaterials with nano- and micro-scale architectures to study multicellular microenvironments; and applying biomaterials as diagnostic contrast agents, surgical sealants, drug delivery devices, hydrogel carriers for cell transplantation and 3D matrices to engineer new tissues and organs.

BU BME is also committed to preparing the next generation of biomaterials scientists and engineers to advance medical innovation using biomaterials through the NIH T32 Translational Research in Biomaterials (TRB) training program.


Biomaterials Engineering Faculty 

Primary Faculty: Christopher Chen, Allison Dennis, Mark Grinstaff, Timothy O’Shea, Michael Smith, Joe Tien, Joyce Wong

Research Faculty: Elizabeth Bartolak-Suki, Jeroen Eyckmans

Affiliated Faculty: David Bishop, Elise Morgan, Arturo Vegas


Affiliated Research Centers


BME Biomaterials Engineering in the news:

Professor Ji-Xin Cheng and Coworkers Published in Nature Communications

By Caroline Amato BU researchers reported an ultrafast fingerprint-stimulated Raman spectroscopic imaging platform, with broad applications to cancer metabolism, brain mapping, and biofuel production, in Nature Communications on May 24th, 2021.  This work was funded by grants from the Department of Energy and the NIH.  ECE Professors Ji-Xin Cheng and Lei Tian... More

3 BME Professors Elected to IAMBE

Congratulations to BU BME Professors Chris Chen, Joyce Wong and Mark Grinstaff on being elected 2021 Fellows of The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. More

Joyce Wong Named President-Elect of AIMBE

Professor Joyce Wong (BME, MSE), has been named president-elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), one of the foremost biomedical engineering societies in the country. Her term as president will begin in 2022. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and numbering 50,000 members, including the nation’s most accomplished biomedical... More

Society For Biomaterials Honors Professor Joyce Wong

Professor Joyce Wong received the prestigious 2020 Clemson Award for Basic Research. The award acknowledges an original and outstanding contribution to the basic knowledge and understanding of the interaction between materials and tissue. More

Joyce Wong Elected National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Whether innovating COVID-19 negative pressure isolation tents for hospitals, devising a way to image and treat abdominal surgical adhesions, or creating a method to enhance tissue engineering, Wong has adopted a mindset of innovation. More

Three BU Research Teams Win First Kilachand Fund Awards

$100 million fund will continue to honor cutting-edge researchers in life sciences and engineering By Chuck Leddy Originally featured on The Brink In 2018, BU trustee Rajen Kilachand (Questrom’74, Hon.’14) made the largest gift in Boston University’s history: $115 million. From that gift, $100 million established an endowment, the Rajen Kilachand Fund... More