Biomolecular Science & Engineering

Numerous research teams are working at the frontiers of biomolecular science and engineering to advance diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to improve human health. Key research initiatives include:

  • Functionalized acellular matrices for tissue engineering and drug delivery, implantable sensors, and environmentally-friendly industrial enzymes
  • Understanding how molecular proteins develop defects in response to environmental pollutants and chemicals
  • Manipulating the immune system response to tissue and medical device implants to improve treatment outcomes

Faculty

Blanca L. Barquera

bacterial pathogenes, bioenergetics, mechanistic enzymology, membrane proteins, microbial physiology
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Georges Belfort

Institute Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Member, National Academy of Engineering

Membrane separation processes, Transport phenomena, Interfacial phenomena and rheology, Bioseparations and sensors, Protein misfolding and aggregation, Intein technology
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Curt Breneman

Dean of the School of Science, Professor

Cheminformatics, Materials Informatics, Drug Discovery Software, Computational ADME/Tox, Data Analytics
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Cynthia H. Collins

Associate Professor

Synthetic Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Microbial Communities, Human Microbiome, Protein Engineering, Directed Evolution, Biofilms
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Steven Cramer

William Weightman Walker Professor

Bioseparations, Bioprocessing, Chromatography, Proteomics, Microfluidics, Multiscale modeling, Affinity precipitation, Biosensors
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Jonathan S. Dordick

Howard P. Isermann Professor and Vice President for Research

Biocatalysis in Nonaqueous Media, Molecular Bioprocessing, Biocatalytic Materials and Coatings, Combinatorial Biocatalysis
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Angel Garcia

Professor of Physics and Senior Constellation Professor in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics

Biological, Dynamics, Molecules, Physics, Structure, Theoretical
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Shekhar Garde

Dean of School of Engineering, Elaine and Jack S. Parker Professor

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Ryan Gilbert

Associate Professor

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Susan P. Gilbert

Department Head

Cell Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Structure-Function Analysis of Kinesins
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Juergen Hahn

Professor & Department Head

Systems Biology, Process Systems Engineering
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Pankaj Karande

Assistant Professor

Drug discovery, Drug delivery, Peptide engineering, High throughput screening, Vaccine design, Biomaterials design
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Mattheos Koffas

Dorothy and Fred Chau ʼ71 Career Development Constellation Professor in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering

Metabolic Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Natural Products
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Lee Ligon

Cell Biology, Neurosocience
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Robert J. Linhardt

Ann and John H. Broadbent, Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering

Glycoscience, Biocatalysis, Metabolic Engineering, Nanobiotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, Chemoenzymatic Synthesis
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George I. Makhatadze

Constellation Chair

bioinformatics, protein dynamics, protein folding, protein aggregation
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Patrick Maxwell

molecular genetics, aging, genome instability, retrotransposons
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Catherine Royer

Constellation Chair

pressure effects on biomolecules, protein folding, protein interaction networks, quantitative fluorescence imaging, transcription regulation
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Douglas Swank

Heart Disease, Muscle Disease, Cardiac Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Motor Proteins, Locomotion, Drosophila Genetics
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Peter M Tessier

Associate Professor

Biotechnology, Antibodies, Protein design, Protein stability, Protein aggregation
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Deepak Vashishth

Director of Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor

Bone, osteoporosis, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Glycation, Diabetes, Glycation, Osteocalcin, Osteopontin, Collagen, Fracture, entrepreneurship, biotechnology
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Xing Wang

Structural DNA Nanotechnology, Metallic Nanoparticles and Nanorods, Noncoding RNA
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Fuming Zhang

Research Professor

Glycobiology, Glycoenginnering, SPR
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