Division of Discovery Science & Technology (Bioengineering)

This division supports the development and demonstration of modular platform technologies (without preference for any disease or application) that manipulate and interface with biology to enable new paradigms of clinical intervention for human health.

Core Program Areas: Biotransducers Cluster

Luisa Russell, Ph.D.

Moria Fisher Bittmann, Ph.D.

Moria Fisher Bittmann, Ph.D.

David Rampulla, Ph.D.

Core Program Areas: Bioengineered Systems Cluster

Michael Wolfson, Ph.D.

Moria Fisher Bittmann, Ph.D.

David Rampulla, Ph.D.

Core Program Areas: Translation and Commercialization Cluster


An important aspect of the Institute’s mission is encouraging collaborations among the institutes and centers at NIH, other federal agencies, and the private sector.

  • Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG) – IMAG brings together program officers across federal agencies to communicate, disseminate, and plan collaborative activities and joint initiatives related to computational and analytical modeling and analysis of biomedical, biological, and behavioral systems, see IMAG Research. IMAG also hosts the NIH Population Modeling Scientific Interest Group and the Multi-scale Modeling (MSM) Consortium.
  • Synthetic Biology Consortium (SBC) - The SBC is a trans-NIH effort to foster collaborations among researchers and share synthetic biology technologies to address unmet needs in biology and medicine.

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