Graduate students in a microfluidics lab

Prerequisites to successfully carry out the research supported by MRSEC grant include access to substantial computational facilities, access to advanced optical and electron microscopes, and microfluidic stations to operate chips made in the Brandeis Microfluidic Fab.

These four techniques – computation, optical and electron microscopy and microfluidics form the experimental pillars on which much of the proposed research is built.


Dr. Marc Ridilla is the Director of the MRSEC Biological Materials Facility (BMF) in Abelson 239. His office is Abelson 208.

The Biological Materials Facility (BMF) supports MRSEC through the production of biological materials and training of MRSEC members as well as collaborators.  BMF is equipped to conduct expression, purification, and biochemical/biophysical analysis of proteins and protein complexes used by both the Membrane-based Materials and Biological Active Materials interdisciplinary research groups.  A variety of high-performance liquid chromatography tools is already available and will grow to suit the needs of BMF clients.  Clients are welcome and encouraged to participate in these activities either under supervision of BMF staff or independently with demonstrated competence.  Consulting is also available on design, conduct, and interpretation of any research involving biological materials. These services are also accessible to users outside of MRSEC or Brandeis University who can provide their own consumables.  Please contact Dr. Ridilla to negotiate an arrangement.