UW Bioengineering’s interdisciplinary research centers create unique communities for exploring a range of frontiers in bioengineering. These centers support faculty and student research from across the UW campus.


University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials – 21st Century (UWEB-21)

UWEB-21 brings together a cross-disciplinary team of scientists, biologists, engineers, researchers and physicians, as well as industry leaders, to exploit specific biological mechanisms in the development of medical innovations.

National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NIH)

National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC-BIO) is a state-of-the-art surface analysis instrumentation and research facility serving the bioengineering research community.


Ultrasound-based Washington Molecular Imaging and Therapy Center

Funded by the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, Ultrasound-based Washington Molecular Imaging and Therapy Center (uWAMIT) focuses on the discovery, development, translation and commercialization of molecular imaging and therapy technologies.

Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

The Institute of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine is engaged in the ethical pursuit of basic research and unleashing the potential of stem cells for improved therapies and cures for patients.


Center for Cardiovascular Biology

The Center for Cardiovascular Biology (CCVB) is dedicated to discovering the molecular basis of cardiovascular disease, harnessing this information to develop new therapies, and training the next generation of cardiovascular physicians and scientists.

Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute

The Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute brings together faculty teams from across the University of Washington campus to catalyze translational research in the CleanTech and BioTech areas. The Institute is located in the new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building, a facility specially designed to promote collaborative molecular-scale research.


Center for Neurotechnology

The Center for Neurotechnology is a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center dedicated to the development of technologies that assist individuals with mobility-related neural disorders. The interdisciplinary center combines advances in robotics, neuroscience, electromechanical devices and computer science to create devices that interact with and are inspired by nervous system function. The CNT is a partnership between the UW, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and San Diego State University.

Center for Medical and Industrial Ultrasound

The Center for Medical and Industrial Ultrasound (CIMU) is an inter-departmental, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to ultrasound education, research and technology development for the academic, industrial and medical communities.

Center for Reproducible Bioemedical Modeling

Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling

Led by UW, the Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling is a multi-institutional partnership that aims to enable larger and more accurate systems biology models, as well as their applications to science, bioengineering, and medicine, by enhancing their understandability, reusability, and reproducibility.

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

The University of Washington’s Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center brings together an interdisciplinary group of investigators to study hearing, hearing loss and related communication disorders so that those who would, might hear.

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
Institute for Protein Design

Institute for Protein Design

The Institute for Protein Design leverages deep institutional strengths — UW faculty, scientific staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, partners from collaborating institutions, innovator networks and from the computer and biotechnology industries — to advance the potential of protein design.

University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering

With support from the Washington Research Foundation, the University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN) collectively draws on the unique strengths of computing, engineering, and neuroscience to support a rich array of research and educational programs, and advance our understanding of how neural systems function.

NSR Physiome Project

National Simulation Resource (NIH)

The National Simulation Resource (NSR) provides instructional, software and other tools in support of the Physiome Project.

Synthetic Biology

The UW Synthetic Biology web portal represents a community of interdisciplinary researchers exploring one of the most exciting frontiers in science and technology: the engineering and evolution of novel life-forms to address technical challenges in health, energy and the environment and to enhance our general understanding of living systems.

UW Center for Synthetic Biology