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The Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) seeks to create new materials that are constructed from only a few simplified components, yet capture the remarkable functionalities found in living organisms. In addition to opening new directions in materials science research, these efforts will elucidate the minimal requirements for the emergence of biological function.


Our researchers combine elemental building blocks — such as motor proteins, DNA origami and filamentous virus — to understand the emergence of biomimetic functionalities that are highly sought-after in materials science and to synergistically engineer life-like materials.

Education, Outreach and Diversity

The Brandeis MRSEC offers a broad range of education, outreach and diversity programs for K-12 students and teachers, undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.