Bridging disciplines, institutions, and backgrounds
These "nanodreadlocks" can assemble and disassemble on their own. “We demonstrated a fascinating phenomenon: How a nanobristle immersed in an evaporating liquid self-assembles into an ordered array of helical bundles. This is akin to the way wet, curly hair clumps together and coils to form dreadlocks — but on a scale 1,000 times smaller,” according to faculty member Joanna Aizenberg.
To harness the academic resources, clinical depth, and broad expertise of Greater Boston, the Wyss Institute created a consortium of Harvard University, Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Boston University, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The multidisciplinary faculty and staff from these institutions work side-by-side to bring a unique combination of perspectives to every research and development project.
To underscore this dynamic flow, we rejected the typical organizational structure in which subspecialties exist as independent work groups. Instead, we created "collaboratories" that cut across disciplines and have project-specific focus, bringing diverse skill sets to bear on each project.
Perhaps most unique was the establishment of our Advanced Technology Team. This is a group of expert technical staff with extensive industrial experience in product development and team management, who help build and lead integrated technology development teams focused on high-value applications.
Our strong partnerships with leading commercial entities complete our list of collaborators and ensure that our technology development is informed by the high-risk technical challenges faced in a competitive marketplace.