Centers + Institutes

  • Center for Engineering MechanoBiology

    Vivek Shenoy, Director

    The Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is a multi-institutional Science and Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation to advance the study of mechanical forces in molecules, cells, and tissues in plants and animals. The mission of the CEMB is to create new materials, biomedical therapies, and improved agricultural technologies. Our researchers utilize multidisciplinary approaches to interrogate and guide the formation of biological structures on multiple scales and will create new platforms for innovative research and training as a pipeline to the workforce of the future.

  • General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab

    Mark Yim, Director; CJ Taylor, Deputy Director

    The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is a truly inter-disciplinary research center at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1979, the lab has grown today to be one of the premier research centers focusing on fundamental research in robotics, vision, perception, control, automation and learning.

  • Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)

    Arjun G. Yodh, Director

    The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is the intellectual focal point of materials research at Penn. It hosts the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC), which consists of five Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) plus selected seed projects. The MRSEC provides crucial support for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students drawn from different disciplines, to tackle complex materials science projects that can only be addressed in a truly collaborative mode.

  • Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology (Penn Health-Tech)

    Brian Litt and Insup Lee, co-Directors

    The Penn Health-Tech mission is to foster novel medical-device ideas based on basic science and technology developed at the University of Pennsylvania, facilitate the development of medical devices and healthcare technology, and provide education and research opportunities to next-generation medical device innovators.

  • Penn Institute for Computational Science (PICS)

    Ravi Radhakrishnan, Director

    The formation of the Penn Institute for Computational Science derives from the observation that computing is an important tool for research in essentially every field of study today; from the physical and biological sciences to every part of engineering to linguistics to medicine to psychology. Computing’s rapidly changing landscape, while presenting immense opportunities, makes it a challenge for researchers to stay at the state-of-the-art. PICS is formed to address these challenges and opportunities across the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Singh Center for Nanotechnology

    Mark Allen, Director

    The Singh Center is centered around four major research facilities, all featuring state-of-the-art equipment for nanoscale characterization, measurement, and fabrication: the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, the Nanoscale Characterization Facility, the Scanning and Local Probe Facility, and the Material Property Measurement Facility.