Biological Inspiration. Technological Innovation.

The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) is an Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The ICB is a uniquely interdisciplinary research alliance led by the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology and partners from the Army and industry.

ICB research is driven by premier faculty working together with graduate students and postdoctoral or other researchers as interdisciplinary teams of biologists, chemists, physicists, psychologists, physicians and engineers. These teams develop biologically inspired, revolutionary technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, bio-inspired materials, biotechnology tools, cognitive neuroscience, and designed microbial consortia. 

Project Leaders

Tod Kippin portrait
Tod E Kippin
UCSB
Plaxco Profile Photo
Kevin W Plaxco
UCSB
Michelle A O'Malley
UCSB
Linda R Petzold
UCSB
Angela Belcher Portrait
Angela M Belcher
MIT
Miguel Eckstein
UCSB
Daniel Morse portrait
Daniel E Morse
UCSB
Luke S Theogarajan
UCSB
Michelle A O'Malley
UCSB
Guillermo C Bazan
UCSB
Angela Belcher Portrait
Angela M Belcher
MIT
Richard M Murray
Caltech
Jacob N Israelachvili
UCSB
Carl D Meinhart
UCSB
James Heath Portrait
James R Heath
Caltech
João P Hespanha
UCSB
Bradley F Chmelka
UCSB
Christopher Voigt Portrait
Christopher A Voigt
MIT
Guillermo C Bazan
UCSB
Glenn H Fredrickson
UCSB
Irene A Chen
UCSB
Carl D Meinhart
UCSB
Songi Han
UCSB
Luke S Theogarajan
UCSB
Linda R Petzold
UCSB
Frances Arnold Portrait
Frances H Arnold
Caltech
Barry Giesbrecht
UCSB
Scott T Grafton
UCSB
Upamanyu Madhow
UCSB
Kristala Prather Portrait
Kristala L J Prather
MIT
Jean M Carlson
UCSB
James Heath Portrait
James R Heath
Caltech
Craig J Hawker
UCSB
Sumita Pennathur
UCSB
Matthew R Begley
UCSB
Plaxco Profile Photo
Kevin W Plaxco
UCSB
Michael Elowitz Portrait
Michael B Elowitz
Caltech
Irene A Chen
UCSB
Douglas Lauffenburger Portrait
Douglas A Lauffenburger
MIT
René Weber Portrait
René Weber
UCSB
Michael Miller Portrait
Michael B Miller
UCSB
David A Tirrell
Caltech
Frank Zok
UCSB
Scott T Grafton
UCSB
Michael Gordon Portrait
Michael J Gordon
UCSB
Scott Manalis Portrait
Scott R Manalis
MIT
Linda R Petzold
UCSB
David A Tirrell
Caltech