The Micro/NanoScale Biotic/Abiotic Systems Engineering Laboratory was founded in 2009 by Professor Behkam within the Mechanical Engineering Department. Our lab research interest is in experimental and theoretical investigation of phenomena at the interface of biological and synthetic systems (or bio-hybrid engineering) at the micro and nanoscale.
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.