The research group

About Us:

Our lab of Bio-inspired and Bio-integrated Engineering (BIBIE) is an interdisciplinary research team devoted to developing and applying novel materials and manufacturing technologies for unusual microsystems and nanodevices, with an emphasis on biocompatible and bioresorbable devices and systems that interact with cells and integrate with the human body.

About Silk:

Silk proteins represent a unique family of biopolymers due to their novel structural and biological properties. What particularly distinguishes silk from other biopolymers for high technology applications are the robust mechanical properties, the facile control of materials properties through the control of water content during processing, the programmable degradation lifetime, and the unique optical and electronic properties of the material, which offers unlimited opportunities for functionalization, processing, and biological integration.


Metamaterials are novel composites with human-engineered sub-wavelength structures as artificial “atoms/molecules” which could access exotic properties beyond the naturally occurring materials. The real power in metamaterials lies in the fact that it is possible to construct materials with exact properties by simply tailoring their shape and size, which has proven to be very versatile across much of the electromagnetic spectrum. This opens up amazing opportunities for developing new classes of biomaterials and biodevices using non-conventional materials (e.g. metamaterials and regenerated silk fibroin) and micro/nanotechnology.


Micro/Nano technology has been used to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications in materials science, electronics and photonics, and biomedical applications. BioMEMS and BioNEMS is the application of micro/nano technology in the fields of biomedical and health sciences by offering advantages of small size (from submicron to a few mm), low cost, high throughput, and importantly requiring much less sample/reagent. Two key challenges remain: suitable biomaterials and applicable manufacturing techniques, both of which align well with our research priorities.

Join Us:

The BIBIE Lab is always looking for new talent. If you are passionate about scientific research and innovation, motivated, ambitious and driven, we want you to be part of our team and let’s have fun with science. The Uviersity of Texas - Austin welcomes applications from women and minorities and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Positions:

We have no open postdoc positions at this time.

Student positions:

We are always looking for motivated graduate and undergraduate students with interests in advanced materials & manufacturing to join our group. Interested students may contact Dr. Tiger Tao ( to discuss potential opportunities.

The University of Texas – Austin welcomes applications from women and minorities and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.