The Biomedical Microengineering Group is an interdisciplinary research group in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University focusing on applying engineering principles to the challenges of understanding biology, creating new technology to manipulate and understand micro-organisms.
Central to the research of this group is modifying microfabrication technologies for biological applications. Microfluidic chips, (often Lab-on-a-chip devices) are concerned with miniaturization and integration of laboratory processes and experiments into single chips, are commonly developed by group members.
The interdisciplinary nature of the research carried out by the group combines material sciences, clinical sciences, medicine, surgery, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, optical engineering, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering. Some of the major applications for the research include genomics, proteomics, point-of-care diagnostics, tissue engineering, and implantable microdevices.