Today more than ever, it’s clear that everything depends on our health.

Collaborating across all disciplines, NYU Tandon has been working at the intersection of engineering, healthcare, and life sciences for decades, and our researchers have the expertise to create next-generation solutions at every scale. 

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Meeting health challenges with innovative solutions

We combine far-reaching research geared towards longstanding clinical problems with Apollo 13 mindsets that enable us to create rapid responses to new medical challenges as they emerge. Being Tandon Made means being ready for the future now, because we don’t believe in waiting until a crisis hits to make good health a priority.

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Finding ways to make the world healthier

Our researchers are innovating the future across a range of health challenges — from creating personalized cancer treatments, building advanced wearables to assist the visually impaired, and studying how AI can be used equitably in healthcare

Rumi Chunara

Rumi Chunara

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Rumi Chunara develops computational and statistical approaches for acquiring, integrating, and using data to improve population-level public health. She considers health from a comprehensive perspective, employing data from both inside and outside the clinic, and some of her most recent research involves leveraging digital data to protect the most vulnerable in the fight against COVID-19.

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Mary Cowman

Professor Mary Cowman is the founding chair of Tandon’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and she is engaged in the discovery and development of biotherapeutics and biomaterials. She studies the structure, function, and medical applications of the biomatrix surrounding cells, with a special expertise in hyaluronan polysaccharide, which has great potential in the control of cancer progression and metastasis, improved wound healing, and repair of damaged tissue such as cartilage of the knee. 

Research Labs & Groups

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Applied Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory

The ADO Lab studies the modeling, design, and control of engineered and biological systems. The Lab considers systems comprising both robotic and biomechanical components, such as wearable robots.

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Applied Micro-Bioengineering Laboratory

Taking advantage of state-of-art nanotechnologies and fabricating fascinating functional biomaterials and integrated biosystems, we can address numerous important problems in fundamental biology as well as clinical applications in disease diagnosis and treatment.


Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Lab

Levicky Group — The Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Group’s research focuses on quantitative characterization of biomolecular interactions, with technological connections to diagnostics for medical and fundamental biology applications. The group seeks to dissect the fundamental equilibrium and kinetic aspects of biomolecular reactions at surfaces and in solution, elucidate the role played by the molecular organization, and apply this understanding to advance bioanalytical technologies.

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Chunara Lab

The overarching goal of our research is to develop the principles needed to incorporate unstructured, Internet and mobile data into a better understanding of population-level health. We primarily develop computational methods across data mining, natural language processing, and machine learning to generate features for spatio-temporal population-level public health models.

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Hybrid Nanomaterials Lab

Sahu Group — Our research investigates the transport phenomena in new and novel classes of nanostructured hybrid materials that have promise for optoelectronic and thermoelectric energy conversion. Our group has expertise in colloidal synthesis, advanced characterization, and device implementation of such materials.

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Laboratory for Biomechanics, Mechanobiology & Regenerative Medicine

We study the interactions between mechanobiological cues and musculoskeletal systems with the long-term goal of developing novel biophysical, pharmaceutical, and stem cell-based interventions to improve musculoskeletal health.


Mechatronics Laboratory

The Mechatronics Lab is a synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems.

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Montclare Lab for Protein Engineering and Design

We focus on engineering macromolecules. We aim to predictably design or engineer artificial therapeutics, biocatalysts, scaffolds and cells.

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NYU Ability Project

An interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to the study of disability and the development of accessible, assistive and rehab technologies.

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NYU NanoFab Cleanroom

Home to world-class micro- and nanofabrication and metrology tools, which meet or exceed the demands of academic and industry users alike. With over ~ 2000 sq. ft. of Class 1000 space, the NanoFab is appropriately equipped to meet the present and future demands for device fabrication.

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Soft Materials for Biomedicine Lab

Pinkerton Group — Focuses on developing responsive soft materials for biomedical applications. The group uses tools from chemical and materials engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry and biology to create functional soft materials via scalable synthetic processes and to understand the material behavior in biological systems.

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Video Lab

Research activities in the Video Lab deal with how to encode and distribute video among a large number of users with diverse network access links, computing power, and energy resources. Another focus area is in biomedical image processing and distribution. The lab collaborates extensively with other faculty members and graduate students in wireless communication and networking at the School of Engineering, and with medical schools in the surrounding area.