The Micro/Nano/Molecular Biotechnology Lab

The Micro/Nano/Molecular Biotechnology Lab is educationally affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program (MACRO). Our lab is physically located within the Biointerfaces Institute (BI) and is adjacent to and affiliated with the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC).

We construct organs-on-a-chip systems to dissect cell signaling pathways, understand disease physiology, test therapeutics, and perform cell-based therapies. Tunable nanofluidic systems are used to perform multi-color histone mapping of single strands of chromatin. And aqueous two phase systems (ATPS) micropatterning enables cell printing and droplet-based bioassays.

Examples of specific projects include: Microfluidic models of cancer metastasis, Lung-on-a-chip, In vitro fertilization on a chip, Phase locking analysis in GPCR signaling, and Validation of protein biomarkers of disease for development of diagnostics.

Recent News

August 24, 2016
    Dr. Takayama has been invited as a keynote speaker to Symposium SM5: Aqueous Cytomimetic Materials April 17-21, 2017! Please see the syposium flier for more details.

July 26, 2016
    We’ve had an influx of new post-docs and summer scholars! Thanks to Yang, Suny, Yuji, Kathryn, and Jungsoo for joining the lab!

July 25, 2016
    Check out our updated publications page!

March 31, 2016
    Our webmaster, Steve, was awarded the Whitaker International Fellowship Program grant and will be conducting research at the University of Freiburg for a year starting in September! Check out his host lab here!

February 29, 2016
    Two long-time lab members are out the door. Dr. Brendan Leung is headed off for a tenure track faculty position at Dalhousie University and Dr. Joe Labuz is consulting at McKinsey!

January 5, 2016
    Tai passed his defense! Dr. Kojima is now headed of to Freiburg Germany to work more with coacervates!

January 4, 2016
    Dr. Christopher Ryan Oliver joins the lab as our newest post-doc. Check out his work at