Program Overview

A major technological revolution is emerging as researchers develop the ability to interface natural and synthetic cellular systems with nanoscale materials to create hybrid cells and materials that communicate electronically. This bioelectronics theme spans interfaces from electronics and organs (neuroengineering, electroceuticals) to connecting microbial sensors and conductive materials (biosensors, electrosynthesis), and encompasses the construction of light-harvesting materials that engage cellular metabolism (synthetic leaves, energetics) and electronic sensor signal processing.

This bioelectronics program in the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB), is designed to provide students training that spans: (i) past interdisciplinary innovations in bioelectronics, (ii) theoretical underpinnings of interdisciplinarity that is critical to bioelectronics advancements, (iii) creation of cohesive teams and community building, (iv) frameworks for achieving conceptual understanding across disciplines, and (v) strategies to understand the needs of bioelectronics stakeholders. Additionally, this program provides training in effective communication, teaching and mentorship, conflict resolution, leadership and management, responsible conduct in research, and outreach.

Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to identify bioelectronics questions, perform team-based research, and generate joint publications. Team integration will be achieved through catalysts, including (i) the synthesis of proposals and articles, (ii) the creation of activities for educating others about interdisciplinarity, (iii) interdisciplinary workshops, (iv) peer-writing groups, (v) cell/device fabrication and testing activities, and (vii) monthly informal gatherings. Students from a dozen programs on campus are eligible to apply and participate in this program.

This program will be is available to students through two mechanisms: (1) some students will receive a two-year stipend to support their participation in this program, and (2) other students can participate even if their support is through other fellowships and grants. Regardless of funding mechanism, student participants will be required to complete all of the coursework and programmatic activities.

Dr. SIlbergJonathan (Joff) Silberg, PhD
Professor of Biosciences
Professor of Bioengineering
Director, SSPB Graduate Program
Director, Bioelectronics NRT Program