An autoimmune disease, similar to allergies, is a condition resulting from an abnormal immune response to a normal body part. There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and neraly any body part can be involved.

Technologies Available/Used:

  • Allogeneic cell transplantation
  • Computational and experimental biology
  • Tissue-engineered constructs
  • Nanoparticle drug delivery methods

Relevant Research from UM-BME Faculty




Dr. Geeta Mehta – Biological Applications of Surfaces with Extreme Wettabilities

  • In collaboration with Dr. Anish Tuteja, we have developed various surfaces with extreme
    wettabilities, that can be used to control the behavior of cells, bacteria and liquids.
  • Paper substrates patterned with superomniphilic and superomniphobic areas are able to
    control where high grade serous ovarian cancer OVCAR3 cells settle and attach to the
  • Anti-biofouling polymer coatings can prevent bacteria adhesion to maintain surfaces
    with little or no biofouling.
  • Paper microfluidic devices to detect low concentrations of E. coli use a background of
    superomniphobic paper and a superomniphilic channels to lyse and determine the
    presence of E coli.




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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