Biomedical Technology

The Biomedical Technology Branch supports development and optimization of innovative NIGMS's mission-relevant technologies and tools to advance biomedical research. The branch supports technology development from its earliest proof-of-concept stage to prototype development. It also supports optimization of late-stage technologies and dissemination of these technologies for use by the broader biomedical research community. Appropriate technologies may include, but are not limited to, instruments and methods for molecular and cellular imaging, structural biology, biomolecular analysis, and bio-inspired engineering.

The Biomedical Technology Branch also participates in BBCB Division management of center and resources that provide researchers access to a broad range of state-of-the-art biomedical technologies and tools.​​​

   The National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy at the Scripps Research Institute has developed an automated transmission electron microscope 'pipeline' for determining the structures of viruses and other macromolecular machines. 
   900MHz NMR spectrometer at the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison, a resource for biomolecular NMR spectroscopy. 
   ImageVis3D Mobile is a mobile visualization application for data visualization, from The Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing which develops software for image-based biomedical modeling. 
   MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry uses a focused laser beam to analyze biological molecules in specific groups of cells within pathology tissue sections, providing mechanistic insights of the underlying biology and diagnostic information that can be used in the treatment of patients. 
   Quadruple fluorescence confocal photo of mouse retina stained to reveal the distribution of glial cells (green), f-actin in the vessel-ensheathing endothelial cells (blue), optic nerve axons (red), and DNA/RNA in cell nuclei and cytoplasm (orange). 

Program Areas

Funding Opportunities & Funded Research

For more information about biomedical technology programs, contact:

Dorothy Beckett, Ph.D.
Acting ​Chief, Biomedical Technology Branch
Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200