EBICS’ mission is to create a new scientific discipline for building living, multi-cellular machines that solve real world problems in health, security, and the environment.

Our mission is achieved through integrated research and education efforts, human resource development, diversity and outreach programs, and knowledge transfer activities. In pursuit of our mission, we have developed Center goals and plans in these goal areas:

  • Integrative Research
  • Education
  • Diversity & Outreach
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Ethics

Participating Institutions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, City College of New York, Morehouse College, University of California-Merced, Boston University, Gladstone Institutes, Princeton University, Tufts University, University of Georgia


REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)

May 29, 2018 – August 2, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) invites all undergraduates who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents AND currently enrolled in a science/engineering undergraduate program to apply! We strongly encourage students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities to submit an application!  For further information and to apply, please go to the REU tab.  If you have any questions, please email:  ebics_admin@mit.edu

Applications are now closed!


SPHERES (High School Program) 

Summer 2018

June 18 – July 27, 2018

A research program titled SPHERES (SParking High Schooler’s Excitement for Research in Engineering and Science) for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds in Champaign-Urbana (Unit 4 and District 116).  Research faculty and graduate student mentorship is key to a successful student experience.  Supported by the NSF Scientific Research Center (EBICS), Department of Bioengineering and Carle Illinois College of Medicine.  5-7 students beginning on-campus experience in Summer 2018.  For further information and to apply, please go to the SPHERES tab.

Applications being accepted soon!


Engineering Cellular Systems Summer School

August 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018

An exciting new summer opportunity – EBICS Engineering Cellular Systems Summer School is being co-organized by MIT, Georgia Tech and UIUC, and will be held in 2018 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.  This one-week school features lectures by field experts and hands-on training in cutting-edge techniques.  We encourage advanced undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs and faculty from engineering, physical sciences, and biological sciences who are interested in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research at the intersection of engineering and biology to apply.  For further information and to complete the application, please go to the Engineering Cellular Systems tab.

Applications are being accepted now!