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future of
Innovation
beyond walls.

Partners in Discovery

Today’s global challenges are far too complex to tackle alone. They demand an approach that brings disciplines together and dissolves the lines among industry, government, communities, and universities worldwide.

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Innovation Ecosystem

Our Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex is a hub for collaborative research. Inside this 220,000-square-foot innovation ecosystem, great minds come together—finding new ways to improve lives, to keep people and systems secure, and to preserve our fragile planet.

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Solving
problems
through
high-impact
Research

A Research Powerhouse

As a top-tier national research university, we are relentless in our drive toward use-inspired discoveries, designed for impact.

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Shared Challenges

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex unites scientists and engineers under one roof, complementing cross-disciplinary initiatives and creative partnerships across this university and beyond.

Discover more about our priority initiatives

Building resilience against disasters
Building resilience against disasters
Building resilience against disasters
Ensuring network security
Building resilience against disasters
Sustaining coastal communities
Building resilience against disasters
Predicting the spread of memes and contagions
Building resilience against disasters
Building materials at the nanoscale
Building resilience against disasters
Delivering better medicines

Melding disciplines for maximum IMPACT

Igniting ideas through CONNECTIVITY

Setting benchmarks in SUSTAINABILITY

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Research Clusters

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Melding disciplines for maximum IMPACT

Igniting ideas through CONNECTIVITY

Setting benchmarks in SUSTAINABILITY

Brain and cognitive health

How do our lifestyle choices—exercise, nutrition, intellectual stimulation, and social interaction—affect brain development and function? To find out, engineers, chemists, biologists, and physicists collaborate closely with exercise physiologists and other medical specialists. Using virtual reality, computer modeling, and neuroimaging technologies, including fMRI, researchers design new ways to measure performance from youth to old age.

Cybersecurity and privacy

As network applications grow more sophisticated—and customize information to our needs, make our homes smarter, and guide self-driving cars—they usher in threats of hacking, information leaks, data theft, and loss of privacy. Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute researchers design techniques to safeguard data and strengthen critical wireless and cloud-network infrastructure against attack. 

Human-centered robotics

This research group develops robots and assistive devices to empower people. Some machines assist the elderly, improve health care, or ensure public safety. Others are bound for harsh environments, including the deep ocean. In partnership with NASA, researchers are programming a 6’2” humanoid, Valkyrie, to explore Mars as soon as 2030, ahead of humans’ arrival.

Drug delivery and structural biology

How do our lifestyle choices—exercise, nutrition, intellectual stimulation, and social interaction—affect brain development and function? To find out, engineers, chemists, biologists, and physicists collaborate closely with exercise physiologists and other medical specialists. Using virtual reality, computer modeling, and neuroimaging technologies, including fMRI, researchers design new ways to measure performance from youth to old age.

Molecular, cellular, and tissue engineering

Engineers and biologists in this research cluster aim to make drug testing faster and more reliable with cell culture systems that mimic living tissue. They study the impact of mechanical forces on cells at the molecular level, work that has important implications for injury prevention and rehabilitation. And by exploring how tissues transmit and diffuse light, they pioneer cutting-edge technologies to image and treat disease.

Translational biophotonics

Picture using light to monitor cancer’s spread, image tumors, and take biopsies without breaking the skin. This research cluster harnesses visible and near-infrared light rays to examine disease. To develop new optical technologies, engineers, physicists, and chemists collaborate with biologists and pharmaceutical scientists at Northeastern and medical experts at Boston’s world-class research hospitals.

Research Clusters

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Northeastern's
global research
Community

Power in partnerships

At Northeastern, partnerships drive progress. Our Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex brings together industry leaders, federal agencies, and scholars from Boston to Beijing to help shape the future. And it’s a beacon and resource for our community youth who dream of becoming the next generation of scientists.

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