Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering

IBIOE Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1

IBIOE Provides a Unique Research Operational Model
IBIOE Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 1, December 2010

IBIOE operational model

Traditional cell culture is based on 2-D cellular arrangements or cells distributed in 3-D gels that have limited relevance to tissues found in the human body. Diagnostic test systems are engineered heterotypic tissues built with cells and biomaterials to provide spatially relevant 3-D arrangements – more like those found in the body – and allow the end user to predict disease behaviors and progression as well as efficacy of therapies, vaccines or new medical implants.  Development of these systems for clinical and industrial use requires robust, collaborative relationships with business and medical partners. 

Accordingly, the core IBIOE research is conducted by permanent research faculty members who provide a consistent base of research operation. This unique model allows continuity, reliability, and productivity in designing diagnostic test systems. The pairing possibilities for IBIOE collaborations seem endless. A research and development group could include a professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an IBIOE cancer cell biology research faculty member — both working in conjunction with a cancer surgeon. This corporate-type core model is unique in a university setting.

The IBIOE model:

  • is interdisciplinary, spanning multiple university units;
  • provides collaboratories and a team-based infrastructure;
  • is based on a core-research faculty model.
    • Faculty are totally dedicated to research and connected with tenured/tenure-track faculty who bring additional technical expertise.
    • Project management is industry-friendly with goals, deliverables and metrics.
    • Training is student-friendly, introducing  students to  a real-world, collaborative environment

 This IBIOE list of investigator concentrations represents a multitude of various disciplines:

  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical and Surgical Sciences
  • Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Operations Research and Statistics
  • Psychology