Working Group Collaborators

Leader: Taher Saif (University of Illinois)

MIT: Roger Kamm, Harry Asada | Georgia Tech: Manu Platt | University of Illinois: Rashid Bashir, Hyun Joon Kong | Tufts University: Mike Levin

Working Group Goals

1) To design, construct and analyze a family of biobots that emerge from interactions between cells and elementary engineered scaffolds. Their objective functions are walking and swimming in fluids. The cells involved are muscle, neurons and endothelial cells. These motile bots will ultimately have intelligence, as the neurons will stimulate the muscle cells on an on-demand basis by sensing the environment.

2) To use the biobot platforms to study emergent properties of neuron cell clusters, cross talk between neurons and muscle, and neuromuscular junctions.