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Experimental and theoretical investigation of phenomena at the interface of biological and synthetic systems at the micro and nanoscale.


The Micro/NanoScale Biotic/Abiotic Systems (MicroN BASE) Engineering Laboratory was founded in 2009 by Professor Behkam in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Current research activities can be divided into two broad categories: (1) Developing bio-hybrid engineered systems in which biological components are utilized for actuation, sensing, communication, and control (e.g. bacteria-enabled autonomous drug delivery systems for cancer therapy) (2) Studying the mechanism of adhesion, motility and sensing in mammalian cells and unicellular microorganisms (e.g. effect of surface nanotopography on fungal biofilm formation). We utilize 2D and 3D microfluidic platforms to establish well-defined and repeatable test environments for most of our projects.

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PhD and postdoc positions are available immediately.

News and events


Nov 25 Check out this Advanced Science News article about our new paper!

Nov 19 Congratulations to Ying Zhan on the publication of her first-author paper in Advanced Intelligent Systems!

Oct 15 Two new publications to Behkam Lab's credit! Check them out here.

Sep 3 Two motivated undergraduate researchers join the MicroN BASE lab. We welcome Sarah Schaefer and Danny Yessayan on their new journey.

August 27 We welcome the freshly graduated VT alum Adam Hinson on-board, as a Ph.D. student. Previously an undergraduate researcher with the Behkam Lab, Adam will now be supported by the John R. Jones III fellowship in his graduate work. Welcome to the team Adam!

August 02 Our track-althlete and graduate researcher Lauren Berman touches the finish line by defending her M.S. thesis. Lauren also finished her coursework with 4.0 GPA. Congratulations, Lauren!

July 7 Our star-researcher Eric Leaman defended his thesis and graduated with flying colors! Dr. Leaman is moving to Falls Church, VA to work as Principal FTL Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman.

April 18 MicroN BASE welcomes newly minted Ph.D. Dr. Naimat Kalim Bari as their new Postdoctoral Associate member!