Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health


In recognition of Engineers Week, February 19-25, learn about advances in engineering aimed at improving health. NIBIB supports research across a wide spectrum of biomedical imaging and bioengineering topics.

Microfluidic Chip Technologies

On engineering as a creative profession: “Engineers try to find solutions to real-world problems using the latest scientific knowledge. Once scientists develop an understanding of the world, engineers apply that knowledge to build solutions for unmet needs.”

—Michael Wolfson, Director of the NIBIB program in Implantable and Assistive Medical Devices

Sound Waves Gently Cull Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood Samples


Microchip Captures Clusters of Circulating Tumor Cells - NIH Study


New Technology Isolates Tumor Cells from Blood to Optimize Cancer Therapy

Point of Care Technologies

On entering the field of engineering: “My father was an engineering professor and I enjoyed sitting in the back of his classes at a very young age.  For their final project, his students would design a unique toy with certain materials and I would get to choose the most creative children’s toy.”

— Tiffani Lash, Director of the NIBIB program in Biosensors, Platform Technologies, and mHealth

NIBIB Research Helps Design, Test Blood-Flow Sensor to Monitor Vascular Disease


Quick, Easy Way to Spot Asthma


Smartphone-Based Device Provides Rapid Molecular Diagnoses at Low Cost


NIBIB Grantee Tests Efficacy and Appeal of Flu Vaccine Patch

Rehabilitation Engineering

On following a career path within engineering: “Passion for solving problems led me to a great career in engineering. In my pursuit of new challenges, I found myself being drawn more and more into medical needs that can be addressed with innovative medical devices.”

— Michael Wolfson, Director of the NIBIB program in Implantable and Assistive Medical Devices

Implanted electronic stimulation enables people with spinal cord injuries to exercise.


Novel Robots Assist People With Disabilities, Aid Doctors


Powered Robotic Legs - Leaping Toward the Future


Electrical Stimulation May Aid Bladder Function in those with Spinal Cord Injuries


Tongue-Driven Wheelchair Out-Maneuvers the Competition

Tissue Engineering

On tissue engineering discoveries:  “The promise is that we can go beyond the state-of-the-art—from treatment to cures. Our pathways to get there are not fully mapped out yet, but we already have replacement skin, bones and cartilage, blood vessels, and bladders and other organs are under development.”

   —Rosemarie Hunziker, Director of the NIBIB program in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Polymer Foam Expands Potential to Treat Aneurysms


Bioengineered Tissue Scaffold Promotes Wound Healing


Platelet-like Particles Boost Clotting, Slow Bleeding


Grafted Stem Cells Display Vigorous Growth in Spinal Cord Injury Model


Ultrasound Patch Heals Venous Ulcers in Human Trial

Drug Delivery Technologies

On bettering humanity: “Engineers are makers and doers who responsibly harnesses scientific understanding to improve the human condition. By developing new technologies for highly targeted drug delivery countless lives could be saved and the burden of healthcare costs could be dramatically reduced.”

— David Rampulla, Director of the NIBIB Program in Biomaterials, in Delivery Systems and Devices for Drugs and Biologics, and in Synthetic Biology for Technology Development

3D-Printed Scaffolds Control Drug, Biomolecule Release into Body


Elastic Gastric Device Expands Options for Drug Delivery and Monitoring


New Nanoparticles Pack One-Two Punch against Cancer

Imaging Technologies

On broad opportunities in engineering: “Engineering is learning and creating without borders; it is a tool for solving complex problems in the real world. There is really no boundary on what engineers can do. We are all surrounded by the creativity of engineers’ on a daily basis.”

— Behrouz Shabestari, Director of the NIBIB program in Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

New MRI Coils Aim to Improve Patient Comfort and Decrease Scan Time


Of Mice and Microscopy - Promising Insights for Alzheimer’s Research


New Technique Eliminates Need for Dyes and Stains in Tissue Analysis


Researchers Use Computing Power to See Individual Cells in The Eye


Picturing Liver Disease with Shear Waves

On engineering creativity: “I appreciate the creative thinking that engineers bring to the table. Not only can we create new things but we are always trying to figure out how to make something better.”

— Tiffani Lash, Director of the NIBIB program in Biosensors, Platform Technologies, and mHealth