Our lab works at the interface of materials science, nanotechnology and biology to understand and harness multiscale behavior from the nano to the macro scales.


2019: Our work on flexible biosensors for VEGF detection is now online in ACS Sensors



2019: Our latest paper on Flexible Micropatterned Silk substrates is now online in Advanced Materials Interfaces



2018: Our latest paper on Flexible Biosensors is now online in Biosensors & Bioelectronics


2018: Our recent work on flexible, fully organic, energy storage devices has been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

US Patent # 9,771,400 has been issued on our work Photoactive silk protein and fabrication of silk protein structures using photolithography

2017: Silk Protein Lithography (SPL) featured as a "Manufacturing Idea to Watch" MFORESIGHT: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight


Our recent work on Microfabricated Silk-based Flexible Sensors has been published in two papers in Advanced Materials and Biosensors & Bioelectronics

Making Silk Optical Devices with Photolithography featured in C&EN News

Some research projects currently underway:

  • Microfabrication using nanostructured biomaterials
  • Biophysical and biochemical investigations of cell surfaces.
  • Nano and micromechanical characterization of proteins and polymers.
  • Biodiagnostics and cell patterning using microfluidics.


We are always on the lookout for smart, self-motivated people interested in solving some of the "smallest" problems in materials science and engineering. Contact Dr. Vamsi Yadavalli at vyadavalli [at] vcu.edu for details on specific projects.