Bioelectromagnetic Engineering

This program supports the design, development, and demonstration of bioelectromagnetic technologies for biomedical intervention.


This program focuses on engineering new bioelectromagnetic materials, sensors, actuators, and other parts and modules to interface and communicate with human biology and engineered systems for biomedical intervention. These parts and modules act as biotransducers to convert electromagnetic energy to biological action. Projects should be directed toward overcoming a technological challenge that limits biomedical adoption. This program encourages projects that use a design-build-test approach.

Examples of bioelectromagnetic parts and modules include but are not limited to:

  • electrically conductive scaffolds for modulating tissue
  • low temperature plasma electrodes for biofilm mitigation
  • electrodes for prosthetics
  • injectable electronic meshes for tissue interfaces
  • magnetic nanoparticles for triggering cellular processes
  • implantable coils for tissue stimulation

Additional Emphasis

Furthermore, this program focuses on the development of mathematical and computational methods, the development of screening and processing tools, and the discovery of design principles to design, build, and test engineered bioelectromagnetic modules.


The development of integrated systems is supported by the Bionic Systems, Robotic Systems, Synthetic Biological Systems, and Biomimetic Systems programs. The development of technologies for magnetic imaging and sensing are supported by the NIBIB Magnetic Resonance Imaging program and NIBIB Bio-Electromagnetic Technologies program, and the development of magnetic resonance probes for imaging is supported by the NIBIB Molecular Probes and Imaging Agents program.

Grant Number Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
1-R15-EB024930-01A1 Dynamically Controlled Plasma Scalpel for Wound Debridement Jim Browning Boise State University
5-R21-EB024693-03 Low-temperature corona plasma discharge treatment of bacterial biofilms in the cardiovascular environment Sean Knecht Pennsylvania State University-Univ Park
5-R01-EB020006-04 3D Spheroid Model of Adipose Pathophysiology Amol Janorkar University of Mississippi Med Ctr
5-R21-EB026180-02 Multimodal Probing of Neural Activity Using Transparent Microelectrode Arrays Duygu Kuzum University of California, San Diego
5-R01-EB023812-04 Real Time Elucidation of Drug-Drug Interactions via Dual Reporter Cell Technology and Microfabricated Arrays Martin Yarmush Massachusetts General Hospital
5-R01-EB019411-04 Fibrotic microtissue chips for screening of anti-fibrotic therapies Ruogang Zhao State University of New York at Buffalo
1-U18-EB029251-01 The Injectrode - A Truly Injectable Electrode for Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation to Treat Pain Kip Ludwig University of Wisconsin-Madison
1-U18-EB029257-01 Temporal Patterns of Spinal Cord Stimulation Warren Grill Duke University
5-R21-EB025534-02 Establishing Mechanisms of Human Proximal Tubule Regeneration in an Engineered Organ on Chip Platform Megan Mccain University of Southern California
5-R01-EB027497-02 Regulated Heat Combined with Impedance Spectroscopy to Improve and Control Electroporative DNA Delivery to the Skin in Vivo Mark Jaroszeski University of South Florida