Living Materials


This program supports the development and demonstration of broadly applicable living materials to enable new paradigms of human health.


The emphasis is on the development of living materials and associated computational models for biomedical intervention. 

Projects might focus on:

  • elucidating important engineering design rules or key foundational principles underlying future engineering, including the use of computational methods
  • prototyping or redesigning platform technologies
  • characterizing (in vitro, ex vivo, or in vivo) broadly applicable technologies and prototypes

NIBIB interests include but are not limited to: 

  • bacteria-laden hydrogels to deliver therapeutics
  • co-designed stem cells and scaffolds to grow implantable tissues