Engineering Biology & Materials Science

Engineering Biology & Materials Science

Engineering Biology & Materials Science: A Research Roadmap for Interdisciplinary Innovation assesses the challenges and potential for innovation at the intersection of engineering biology and materials science. Through explicit, long-term breakthrough capabilities for scientific and technological achievement and discrete milestones over a time period of 20 years, this roadmap aims to bring together the foundations and advancements in both fields to create new scientific and engineering possibilities. Further, the roadmap envisions creative and ambitious material solutions to persistent societal challenges that leverage the opportunities and advantages of harnessing and integrating engineered biology. The roadmap provides a high-level path for research and development (and inherently, for funding, investment, and infrastructure) to enable a future of advanced materials. The roadmap incorporates elements of EBRC’s other roadmaps, while accommodating the nuances and novelties of the intersection of materials science and engineering biology.

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Technical Themes

The roadmap consists of four technical themes that encompass the tools and technologies that are envisioned to enable materials from engineering biology. The theme structure encourages easy navigation through different topics of the roadmap, clustering similar scientific and engineering ideas. The roadmap consists of overarching breakthrough capabilities that convey significant advancements in the field and 2-, 5-, 10-, and 20-year milestones.

Applications & Impact Sectors

The roadmap consists of five application sectors to illustrate the potential applications at the intersection of materials and engineering biology. These application sectors and the associated societal challenges are captured from Engineering Biology. Within each application sector we highlight a number of exemplar applications of materials from engineering biology that will help us overcome pervasive societal challenges. We further identify potential discrete technical achievements necessary to obtain those exemplar applications.


As the tools and technologies of engineering biology and materials science combine, there is a need to develop more common language between the fields. Our Engineering Biology & Materials Science roadmap includes a glossary for the key terms and concepts. The glossary is specific to the context of this roadmap, but was developed with input from the community in both fields.

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  • Bryn Adams
    DEVCOM Army Research Lab
  • Jamel Ali
    FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
  • Jennifer Andrew
    University of Florida
  • Paul Ashby
    Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Rana Ashkar
    Virginia Tech
  • Emily R. Aurand
  • Mariah Austin
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael Blaisse
  • James Carothers
    University of Washington
  • Sifang Chen
    University of Washington
  • Amy Congdon
  • Tara Deans
    University of Utah
  • Jared DeCoste
    Army Research Lab
  • Domitilla Del Vecchio
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Melik Demirel
    Pennsylvania State University
  • Steven Evans
    Dow AgroSciences
  • Mike Fero
    TeselaGen Biotechnology, Inc.
  • M.G. Finn
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Elisa Franco
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Douglas Friedman
  • David Gay
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Wendy Goodson
    Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Samuel Gowland
    Northwestern University
  • Jingjiao Guan
    FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
  • Maneesh Gupta
    Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Michael Hammerling
    Northwestern University
  • Germano Iannacchione
    National Science Foundation; Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Farren Isaacs
    Yale University
  • Justin Jahnke
    DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
  • Michael Jewett
    Northwestern University
  • Alex Juminaga
  • Lauren Junker
  • Neha Kamat
    Northwestern University
  • Jay Keasling
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Nancy Kelley-Loughnane
    Air Force Research Lab
  • Michael Köpke
    Michael Köpke
  • Aditya Kunjapur
    University of Delaware
  • Eric Lee
    Eric Lee
  • Angela Lee
  • Suzanne Lee
  • Nancy Lin
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Allen Liu
    University of Michigan
  • Rebecca Mackelprang
  • Shadi Mamaghani
    AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation
  • Andrea Markelz
    SUNY Buffalo
  • Joshua A. Orlicki
    DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
  • Javin Oza
    California Polytechnic State University
  • Merja Penttilä
  • Edward Perkins
    US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Brian Pfleger
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David Ross
    National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Lynn Rothschild
    NASA Ames Research Center
  • Rebecca Schulman
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Seunghyun Sim
    University of California, Irvine
  • Emilie Siochi
    NASA Langley Research Center
  • Michael Smanski
    University of Minnesota
  • Victoria Soghomonian
    Virginia Tech
  • Kevin Solomon
    Kevin Solomon
    Purdue University; current affiliation University of Delaware
  • Deepti Tanjore
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Danielle Tullman-Ercek
    Northwestern University
  • Jordan Villa
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Fuzhong Zhang
    Washington University in St. Louis
Last updated: January 22, 2021