University Designated Centers and Institutes

Institute for Bioengineering ResearchLink to website

Director:  Paulette Spencer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

microscopy imageThe Institute's mission is to create solutions for problems impacting bioengineering, medicine and biology. The Institute provides the mechanisms to facilitate and promote the introduction of new technologies to the clinic; it opens the door to the fastest growing field in engineering and to the discipline that is attracting the best and brightest young engineers.

The mission of IBER is to:

  • Develop solutions to improve the lives of people
  • Create materials, devices, and technologies that will reduce human suffering
  • Design platforms for biological engineering of materials & systems
  • Educate leaders in bioengineering
  • Enable people with vision to be successful

The instrumentation within the Institute for Bioengineering Research Laboratories is used for both research and teaching. For more information regarding the instrumentation contact:

Qiang (Charles) Ye
Director, Institute for Bioengineering Research Laboratories
Office: Learned Hall 5101E
Phone: (785) 864-1746
Learn More about Dr. Ye
Dr. Ye trained as a polymer chemist (Ph.D.) at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He was a faculty member in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at USTC from 1997-2004. His research focused primarily in the areas of emulsion polymerization, dispersion polymerization, functional polymer microcapsules, and inorganic/polymer nanocomposites. Dr. Ye was actively involved in the development of novel synthetic materials that can be used in place of dental amalgam for posterior restorations. As Director of BERC laboratories, he has been instrumental in acquiring and configuring the research-grade equipment for the Center. His efforts, in collaboration with the BERC executive team, have led to the creation of a facility at the University of Kansas that provides multi-scale structure/property characterization of materials and material/tissue interfaces. His analytical experience includes: vibrational spectroscopy, thermal analysis, HPLC, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, atomic force microscopy and nano-structure/mechanical testing to evaluate the composition of polymer and establish their structure-property relationships. He serves as research mentor for several graduate and undergraduate students from the departments of bioengineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and chemical & petroleum engineering.

Carson Jett
IBER Lab assistant
Office: Learned Hall 5114
Phone: (785) 864-1748

Affiliate Universities and Organizations
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO

UMKC School of Dentistry
Kansas City, MO

UMKC Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Kansas City, MO

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

Bilkent University
Ankara, Turkey

Istanbul Technical University
Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish Academy of Science
Istanbul & Ankara, Turkey

Yeditepe University
Istanbul, Turkey

University College of London
London, United Kingdom

Loughborough University
Loughborough, United Kingdom

École Centrale de Nantes
Nantes, France


University of Roma “La Sapienza”
Rome, Italy

International Research Center for Mathematics & Mechanics of Complex Systems (M&MoCS)
Cisterna di Latina, Italy

South China University of Technology
Guangzhou, China

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

University of Science and Technology of China
Hefei, China

Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China

Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

Korea Aerospace University
Goyang, South Korea
KU Institute for Bioengineering Research
5109 Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th St.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-1744

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