About the Lab

The Biomaterials Design Group at Northeastern University works at the interface of bio-analytical chemistry, materials science, and design. We investigate fundamental mechanisms behind systems in biology and use our understanding to better inform the design new classes of protein-based biomaterials that may interface with or enhance the performance of humans. Once we identify key molecules or proteins involved in system processes, we develop strategies to build their structure dependent function into macromolecular materials using customized manufacturing techniques. Current research projects focus on building photonic sensors inspired by cephalopods and designing bionic protein materials for implantable electronics. For more information about what we do, check out our research section here.


09/2019 - We are recruiting for multiple postdoc positions. To be considered, apply here!

08/2019 - The BDG says goodbye to Amrita as she starts her new role as Advanced Materials Chemist at BOSE, corp. We will miss you!!

06/2019 - Conor heads off to a PhD co-op at Azzteck, LLC in Boston! We'll see you in December, Conor!

05/2019 - Congrats to Jeff, Cassandra, and team for their latest paper on investigating de novo fibrillogenesis published in Chem, Cell Press!

05/2019 - Farewell to Tom! He will embark on his new role as Analytical Chemist at the MIT-Broad Foundry.

04/2019 - Congrats to Tom for his latest paper on the electro-catalyzed synthesis of squid pigment xanthommatin published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering!

Research Highlights

How do fibers grow? Check out our latest on protein mediated assembly!

How do fibers grow? Check out our latest on protein mediated assembly!

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Check out our sustainable method to synthesize the squid pigment xanthommatin in this new report!

Check out how our team uncovered how these complex organs work, what they are made of, and why they are so unique in biology!