Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center Proposal is Funded

In late September of 2012, a proposal submitted by the IB program (Principle Investigators Peter H. Niewiarowski, Ali Dhinojwala, Matthew Kolodziej, and Frank Loth) for strategic investment funds from the Provost's Achieving Distinction Competition, was selected for funding. Our proposal outlines a plan to hire new faculty (as many as 10) who will bring interdisciplinary approaches to biomimicry research and education. Adding to the 25 core biomimicry faculty (see below) identified in the proposal, UA and its partners (The Innovation Alliance, Great Lakes Biomimicry, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and Biomimicry 3.8) are poised to create a hub for biomimicry in northeast Ohio.

Biomimicry Research

Faculty listed below are conducting research in their labs that is either directly or indirectly dealing with biomimicry. This list of faculty is not exhaustive, it is meant to be useful as a guide to the breadth of research opportunities in the area of biomimicry in IB. If you are interested in biomimicry explore the faculty web pages to find out more about their research. If you are interested in applying for a biomimicry fellowship to work with one or more of these faculty, please contact  Peter H. Niewiarowski for more information about funding opportunities and how to apply.

Name

Department

College

Expertise

Barton

Biology

A&S

Microbial ecology and evolution, biofilms, biogeochemistry

Blackledge

Biology

A&S

biomimicry, evolution, ecology, silk, behavior

Budd

Sculpture

A&S

Biomimicry, design

Kang

Digital media

A&S

Biomimicry, design

Kolodziej

Painting

A&S

Biomimicry, design

Moore

Biology

A&S

Microbial ecology and evolution, biofilms, bioinformatics

Niewiarowski

Biology

A&S

biomimicry, biophysical ecology, evolution

Samangy

Graphic Design

A&S

Biomimicry, design

Shawkey

Biology

A&S

biomimicry, evolution, structural color, sexual selection

Vogl

Digital media

A&S

Biomimicry, AI, design

Webb

Sculpture

A&S

Biomimicry, design

Weeks

Biology

A&S

Population biology, Biological control, ecology

Wesdemiotis

Chemistry

A&S

Biopolymers, biochemistry

Giakos

ECE

Engineering

BioMEMS, biomaterials, biomimicry

Liu

CBE

Engineering

Biosensors

Loth

ME

Engineering

Biofluids, biomedical engineering

Monty

CBE

Engineering

Biomimicry, biosensors

Puskas

CBE

Engineering

Biomimicry, biomaterials

Reddy

BME

Engineering

Biomechanics, neural networks

Saunders

BME

Engineering

Biomimetics, cell and organ culture

Becker

Polymer Science

PSPE

biomaterials, DNA-based ligands, regnerative medicine

Dhinojwala

Polymer Science

PSPE

biomimicry, materials, surface science, adhesion

Jia

Polymer Science

PSPE

materials, optical engineering, self-assembly

Joy

Polymer Science

PSPE

biopolymers, biomaterials, drug delivery

Landis

Polymer Science

PSPE

biomaterials, biopolymers

Sahai

Polymer Science

PSPE

biogeochemistry, materials, biopolymers