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We start with a focus on biology.

Whether we are modeling or engineering cells and tissues, analyzing large datasets, developing new imaging technologies, or synthesizing novel biomaterials, the problem statement always starts with the biology underlying the system, therapy, or disease process.

Our co-location within the highly-ranked UVA School of Medicine and Health System uniquely positions us to influence the future of healthcare. Our culture values and rewards collaboration, initiative, and the translation of basic advances to achieve clinical and real world impact. In all that we do, we value and strive for diversity and inclusion.

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Phone: 434-924-5665

Huiwang Ai

Associate Professor of Physiology & Biophysics, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering

Research Areas
  • Fluorescence and Bioluminescence Imaging
  • Genetic and Protein Engineering for Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics
  • Synthetic Biology and Chemical Biology
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50th Anniversary Research Newsletter

University of Virginia Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing

Together with experts from industry and government, UVA researchers are creating the roadmap for building reproducible biomanufacturing processes. They are making the advances that will take this research from labs and trials to actual health care.

  • $ 12 M

    annual research expenditures 2016-2017

  • $ 480 K

    research funding per faculty member from external sources 2016-2017

  • $ 26 M

    UVA Coulter Translational Research Partnership endowment

  • $ 500 M

    follow-on funding from 16 start-ups seeded funded by the Coulter Partnership