Bioelectric Engineering

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


This division supports projects developing and demonstrating new approaches to control/program biology for biomedical intervention, without preference for any particular disease or application.

Emphasis in this program is on engineering new bioelectric 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 electric 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 bioelectric 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

Additional Emphasis

Additional emphasis in this program is on the development of screening and processing tools and the discovery of design principles to design, build, and test engineered bioelectric modules. 


The development of integrated systems is supported by the Bionic and Robotic Systems program and Synthetic Biology and Biomimetic Systems program.