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SQI: Simpson Querry Institute

‘Organic interactions’ grow into new discoveries

Gianneschi Lab exploring new ways to fix a broken heart


Guillermo Ameer earns Walder Award for Research Excellence


SQI faculty member Guillermo Ameer has received the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence. The award was established in 2002 and is given annually by the Northwestern University provost. Read the full story.

Research Areas

Bio-inspired science and technology with a real-world impact

We support innovative research in five areas of bio-inspired science and technologies with applications ranging from healthcare to sustainable energy.

Accomplishing Our Mission

Fostering effective research collaborations and translating discoveries

At the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) the overarching goal is to foster effective research collaborations within Northwestern University and across the globe. To accomplish our mission, we support collaboration, discovery and translation.

Fostering Interdisciplinary Teams

Researchers in lab

At SQI we foster interdisciplinary teams who utilize the tools of bio-inspired science and technologies in research relevant to regenerative medicine, targeted therapeutics, advanced materials, bio-integrated electronics and bio-inspired energy science. The institute provides laboratory space, core facilities and administrative and technical support for our faculty and their group members.

Stimulating Discovery

research imageThe environment at SQI stimulates discovery by placing scientists from materials science, chemistry and biology in close proximity to physician scientists. Our laboratory is a unique setting where people from varying backgrounds and with different expertise intermingle to develop novel approaches to research. We also promote discovery by supporting pilot research projects.

Applying Discoveries

Newborn in NicUThe long-term goal of research conducted at SQI is to apply findings from our discoveries to enhance human health, well-being and quality of life. We are committed to translating our biomedical research and related materials into the clinical setting by partnering with industry, doctors and regulatory specialists as well as sponsoring startups. We also aim to develop energy-saving materials and functional matter designed to improve manufacturing and chemical production, two of the greatest consumers of energy.