Our Vision

The IBIOE mission is to develop state-of-the-art systems for solving practical and clinically-relevant problems through strategic interdisciplinary research partnerships, and unique educational initiatives.

The focus areas in which IBIOE members conduct research and education are:

  • Advanced biomaterials
  • Tissue fabrication and instrumentation
  • Tissue simulation

Select Highlights and Achievements

  • $195,000 from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
  • $2M National Science Foundation (NSF) award (one out of only 12 awarded nationally).
  • $2.9M Department of Defense award (one out of only 9 awarded nationally).
  • Call Me Doctor® fellowship program, launched in Fall 2008 and trademarked in March 2011.
  • IBIOE spinoff company/licensed IP – Kiyatec (IBIOE bioreactor technology - awarded 2007 Five Ventures innovation award).

IBIOE Call Me Doctor™ Training Program

CMD™ partners underrepresented engineering/science doctoral fellows with education doctoral students at Clemson University to bring cutting edge science/engineering concepts to the community and to the K-12 classroom.  The goal of the Call Me Doctor program is to leverage the skills and interests of the fellows to excite and inform the public about cutting edge research.  The fellows gain enhanced communication skills and a broader learning experience than that of a traditional research environment. Doctoral fellows are required to lead an outreach and engagement activity that ties their research to the community; this work is documented in scientific format in the fellow’s dissertation and via journal publication.  Associate fellows are required to assist with an outreach and engagement activity.  Disciplines include: animal sciences, biological sciences, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering. IBIOE’s Call Me Doctor™ Fellowship program currently has three enrolled fellows, and one graduate of the program.

For more information, email Dr. Guigen Zhang

Research Experience and Mentoring Program

The Clemson University/UNC-Charlotte EFRI-REM in Bioengineering (12 undergraduates, seven disciplines, eight graduate students)This program was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was established as an added educational component of the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program 2007-2013.The EFRI-REM program included two semesters on research initiation and, for selected students, a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU, Summer 2013 and Summer 2014). The program successfully provided research opportunities in IBIOE laboratories and professional development to a cohort of underrepresented undergraduate students in STEM disciplines. With an intellectual focus in Bioengineering, this program provides research opportunities that articulate with a range of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary areas, including cell biology, 3D tissue engineering, systems and cell-active biomaterials. The REM program serves a diverse population of early-stage students to whom cutting-edge research experiences are not typically available and thus broadens the pipe line to graduate school for a wide range of students.