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SQI: Simpson Querry Institute

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SQI expands into new Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center


The Simpson Querrey Institute’s footprint on the Chicago campus expanded by 9,000 square feet in October with the addition of faculty offices and research space in the brand-new Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center. 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.