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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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Open Positions

PhD and postdoc positions are available immediately.

News and events


Oct 24 Congratulations to Imen and our lab on the publication of our review paper in the Emerging Leaders in Biological Engineering Collection of the Journal of Biological Engineering. 

Sept 4 Two outstanding undergraduate researchers join the MicroN BASE lab. We welcome Julia Frederick and Charles Smith!