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In late 2012, The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute of University of Miami (BioNIUM) was established at the University of Miami with the generous philanthropic support of $7.5 Million by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, with additional equivalent supporting commitment from the University of Miami Provost’s Office and the Deans of Miller School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering. BioNIUM is an institute for interdisciplinary science, focused on the application of nanotechnology to medical care at the University of Miami. The institute’s goal is to offer the expertise, infrastructure, and resources necessary to energize fundamental aspects of nanotechnology and to foster interdisciplinary research programs, capturing the essence of collaboration and shared growth across multiple disciplines.

BioNIUM’s focuses its efforts on catalyzing interdisciplinary nanotechnology among all departments, Centers, Institutes, Schools and Colleges involved in education, science and engineering research. BioNIUM accomplishes this through faculty recruitment, distribution of pilot research funds, and the creation and management of a unique nanofabrication facility. In addition, BioNIUM focuses on providing training and support for students with an interest bio-nanotechnology through a monthly lecture series, travel stipends, and course development.

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