Aaron Morris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


NCRC, Bldg 520
1600 Huron Pkwy
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

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Dr. Aaron Morris completed a B.S. in BME at Georgia Tech, followed by a Ph.D. in BME from Yale University. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Morris worked with Dr. Lonnie Shea at the University of Michigan to use biomaterials to interrogate the immune system during autoimmunity and with Dr. Joshua Leonard at Northwestern University to build synthetic, modular receptor systems for synthetic biology platforms.

Research Interests

Dr. Morris heads the PRecision Immune MicroEnvironments (PRIME) Lab, which works at the intersection of biomaterials engineering, immunology, and drug delivery. The PRIME lab focuses on using engineered materials as platforms to study immunology, diagnose disease, and develop therapeutics. We are interested in the interface between materials and living systems. In particular, we are interested in:

  1. Developing materials to ask questions about immune function
  2. Creating programmable materials/cell-material constructs to enable responses to cues from the environment
  3. Engineering materials for applications in regenerative medicine

Our long-term vision is to develop non-invasive systems for monitoring and manipulating immunity within tissues.

Research Areas:

Bio-Micro Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering, Biomaterials, Biomedical Computation and Modeling, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Drug Delivery and Therapeutics, Immunology, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine