​The Center for Excellence in Nanomedicine and Engineering (CNME) aims to transform the way biologists and clinicians approach their work by developing novel nanoparticles, hydrogels, and other biomaterials that lead them to ask questions otherwise unimaginable. For example, one of the Center’s goals is to create nanomaterials that allow control over the exact time and location of release, allowing targeted, on-demand delivery. Another CNME goal is to develop a method of directing uncommitted cells to form ordered, tissue-like structures in 3D, which would vastly diversify the questions addressable in vitro using human cells. Given this visionary approach, the list of ambitions is likely to grow; currently, CNME research can be categorized into six areas: