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NSF awards Brandeis $7.8 million grant to establish MRSEC

The National Science Foundation awarded Brandeis University a highly competitive $7.8 million grant to establish a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.  The Brandeis center will involve physicists, biochemists, chemists, and biologists in a two-pronged approach to research.  The researchers will explore how the addition of typical biological constraints, such as crowding and confinement, affects materials and its properties as well as  exploring cellular components, such as cilia, the organelles that miraculously move in synchronization to perform their jobs, such as keeping the lungs clear of pollutants.


Catalyst Highlights MRSEC Research

A significant new MRSEC research project, the "jewel in the crown of biological physics at Brandeis," is highlighted in the Fall 2009 edition of the Catalyst, the Brandeis research magazine.  See the article "From Biological Gadgets to Nanomachines" by Laura Gardner.



The Brandeis Materials Research in Science and Engineering Center funds research within Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs).

Highlights of IRG research are reported on an on-going basis to the NSF MRSEC program.

Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)

IRGs are composed of Brandeis faculty who, with their students and postdoctoral associates, investigate fundamental scientific questions and pathways to reach significant technological goals that can only be properly explored in a collaborative, multidisciplinary mode. These problems are too large in scope to be addressed by individual faculty members and their students. The research goals and accomplishments are reviewed regularly so that appropriate adjustments can be made to insure the quality of the Center's research effort.

IRG 1: Membrane-based Materials (MbM)
IRG 2: Biological Active Materials (BAM)