Dr. Thomas J. Webster directs the Nanomedicine Laboratory at Northeastern University which designs, synthesizes, and evaluates nanomaterials for various implant applications. Nanomaterials are central to the field of nanotechnology and are materials with one dimension less than 100 nm. Tissues investigated include bone, bladder, vascular, cartilage, dental, and the nervous system.
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Northeastern University (NU), is a private, secular, coeducational research university in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern has eight colleges and offers undergraduate majors in 65 departments. At the graduate level, the university offers more than 125 programs and awards master's, doctoral, and professional degrees.
Founded in 1898, the university is the home of more than 35 specialized research and education centers. Its main campus is located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston. Northeastern is classified as a RU/H institution (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Among Northeastern's past and present faculty are several Guggenheim Fellows and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" winner, a former Democratic nominee for President of the United States, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. 
In 2012, Northeastern received 44,189 applications for the 2,800 seats of the fall freshman class. Northeastern's cooperative education (co-op) program was one of the first of its kind in the world, with many corporate and non-profit co-op partners both in the United States and abroad. Employers have included major newspapers, popular television shows, international law firms, banks, government offices, and corporations and many Fortune 500 companies. 
Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. Founded in 1764 prior to American independence from the British Empire as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations early in the reign of King George III (1760–1820), Brown is the third-oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the United States.
Brown’s four schools offer nearly 100 programs of study. The University adheres to a collaborative university-college model in which faculty are as committed to teaching as they are to research, embracing a curriculum that requires students to be architects of their education.
With 628 faculty members, the largest number in Brown’s history, the current student to faculty ratio stands at 9 to 1. Through the Plan for Academic Enrichment, the University is in the process of hiring 100 new faculty members.
Brown’s campus is composed of 238 buildings and sits on 143 acres in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. The University library system contains more than 6,000,000 items, including bound volumes, periodicals, maps, sheet music and manuscripts. Other facilities include several hundred personal workstations, computers and terminals located around campus.