Research Division of Biomaterials

The research at the division of Biomaterials focuses on developing new methods and molecular tools for biological research using novel materials and bioengineering. Examples include peptide decorated polymer scaffolds, DNA origami and microfluidic devices and the questions we focus on are cell-signalling and tissue development and regeneration.

Research interests

The research at the division for Biomaterials focuses on new bioengineering techniques and new materials for cell biology research. The goal of many of our projects is to develop new methods that will help us and others to better understand biological processes at the nanoscale and up. In particular we are interested in how to control and study cell behaviour through their ability to sense their microenvironment. To this end the three research groups in the division use different technological approaches: Nanoscale patterning of proteins using DNA origami. Novel DNA-based detection and imaging probes. Surface display of peptides and small molecules using polymer chemistry. Microfluidics and mesoscale patterning for in-vitro models using lithography. Electron microscopy, both CryoEM and negative stain. Atomic Force Microscopy for imaging and cell adhesion studies.

Research groups

Ana Teixeira Group
Biophysical regulation of receptor signaling, mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication.

Björn Högberg Group
Synthetic biology and DNA origami tools for biomedicine.

Björn Reinius Group
Gene silencing and activation.

Molly Stevens Group
Exploring and Engineering the Cell-Material Interface.


Björn Högberg

Head of division, Senior Lecturer
C2 Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Visiting address

Division of Biomaterials
Biomedicum, 9B, floor 9
171 65 Solna