3D-printed microfluidic devices

Bioengineering Systems and Technologies

We seek to improve human health and performance, prevent injury and disease, and enhance rehabilitation and recovery with advanced bioengineering technology. Our work covers four broad technical areas: biomedical research, engineered and synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and forensic biology. We develop, prototype, and field-test advanced biomedical sensors, algorithms, and systems that help people monitor their health and avoid injury or illness. Our staff are developing tools and techniques to enable genome engineering and the study of human–microbiome interactions. Our bioinformatics research produces software tools for analyzing biological data. These analyses help us understand diseases at the cellular level and, in turn, help us develop diagnostic tools. Within the area of forensic biology, we are developing technologies to improve and expand how DNA can be used to identify individuals.  Our group's work has broad applications for the health and benefit of the nation's military, law enforcement, and civilians. 

Featured Projects

The Laboratory's advanced work in miniaturized electronics enabled the development of EnteroPhone™.
A wireless, ingestible device monitors heart and breathing rates by listening to the body's sounds and senses core temperature, all from within the gastrointestinal tract.
The commercial chest strap is equipped with the Laboratory-prototyped sensor hub. The sensor hub takes physiological measurements, which are used to estimate a strain index. This index indicates if the wearer is at risk for a heat-related illness.
New sensors that gather data on a soldier's physiological state can help prevent heat-related injuries.