CBIS Research Faculty
Research Faculty at CBIS


Blanca L. Barquera

bacterial metabolism, bioenergetics and membrane proteins, mechanistic enzymology, gut microbiota, microbial physiology

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

Kristin Bennett

Associate Director of the IDEA

Machine Learning, Data Mining, Data Science, Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics, Combining operations research and artificial intelligence problem solving methods. , Mathematical programming approaches to problems in artificial intelligence such as machine learning, neural networks, pattern recognition, and planning. , Application of these techniques to medical, financial and scientific problems. , Mathematical programming approaches to other areas in computer sciences such as genetic algorithms and database query optimization., Innovative pedagogy in data analytics education.

Marvin Bentley

Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Intracellular membrane trafficking

B. Wayne Bequette

Professor and Technology Manager, CESMII Northern Regional Manufacturing Center

Deep learning and AI applications in healthcare, Deep learning and AI applications in smart manufacturing , Diabetes technology, Process systems automation and control, Human-in-the-Loop, Safety

Curt Breneman

Dean of the School of Science, Professor

Cheminformatics, Materials Informatics, Drug Discovery Software, Computational ADME/Tox, Data Analytics

Chris Bystroff


biochemistry, bioinformatics, biosensors, protein folding, protein design, population, contraception

Cynthia H. Collins

Associate Professor

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

Deva Chan

Assistant Professor

Wilfredo Colón

Professor, Department Head

• biological roles of degradation-resistant proteins, • degradation-resistant proteins in amyloid diseases, • development and application of methods for the proteomics-level identification of hyper-stable proteins

David T. Corr

Associate Professor

Steven Cramer

William Weightman Walker Professor

Bioseparations, Bioprocessing, Chromatography, Proteomics, Microfluidics, Multiscale modeling, Affinity precipitation, Biosensors

Jonathan S. Dordick

Howard P. Isermann Professor

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

Scott Forth

Assistant Professor

Biophysics, Mechanics of Cell Division, Neuronal cytoskeleton, Single Molecule Methods

Shekhar Garde

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

Vivek Ghosal

Department Head and Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor

Ryan Gilbert


Susan P. Gilbert

Department Head

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

Richard Gross

Professor, Constellation Chair

Polymer Chemistry, Bio-based building blocks, Biocatalysis, Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Biosurfactants, Advance materials for electro-optical applications, Energy Storage (battery seperator membranes, dielectric materials)

Juergen Hahn

Professor & Department Head

Systems Biology, Process Systems Engineering

Mariah Hahn


Jennifer M. Hurley

Richard Baruch M.D. Career Development Chair

Circadian Rhythms, Neurospora, Macrophages, Immunology, Protein Structure/Function Relationships, Systems Biology, Ecology

Xavier Intes

Professor and co-Director BioImaging Center

biomedical imaging, biomedical instrumentation, medical devices, biophotonics, Deep Learning

David Isaacson


Mathematics applied to medical problems., Medical imaging, Electrical Impedance Tomography. Monitoring heart and lung functions., Mathematics applied to the molecular diagnosis and chemotheraputic treatmentment of breast cancer and other diseases.

Pankaj Karande

Associate Professor

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

Mattheos Koffas

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

Metabolic Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Natural Products

K. V. Lakshmi

Associate Professor, Scientific Director, Baruch '60 Center For Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Cheminformatics and Computational Chemistry, Polymers, Materials and Energy, Green Chemistry and Sustainability, Solar Energy Conversion

Eric Ledet


Orthopedics, Biomechanics, Spine

Lee Ligon

Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs

Cell Biology, Neurosocience

Robert J. Linhardt

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

Glycoscience, Biocatalysis, Metabolic Engineering, Nanobiotechnology, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemoenzymatic Synthesis, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials

George I. Makhatadze

Constellation Chair

bioinformatics, protein dynamics, protein folding, protein aggregation

Scott McCallum

Research Assistant Professor

Deborah McGuinness

Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair

Ontologies, Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, Semantic eScience, Health and Life Science Informatics, Environmental Informatics

Kristen L. Mills

Assistant Professor

Cell and tissue biomechanics, Experimental mechanics of materials

Joel Morgan

Research Assistant Professor

Analytical biochemistry, Signature thrust: Biotechnology

Rick Relyea

David M. Darrin ’40 Senior Endowed Chair; Director, Darrin Fresh Water Institute; Director, Jefferson Project

Ecology, Disease ecology, Ecotoxicology, Evolution, Animal behavior

Catherine Royer

Constellation Chair

pressure effects on biomolecules, protein folding, protein interaction networks, live cell quantitative fluorescence imaging, transcription regulation

Douglas Swank


Heart Disease, Muscle Disease, Cardiac Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Motor Proteins, Locomotion, Drosophila Genetics

Deanna M. Thompson

Associate Professor

Patrick T Underhill

Associate Professor

Complex fluids, Coarse-grained simulations, Microfluidics, Biopolymers, Swimming microorganisms

Deepak Vashishth

Director of Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor

Bone, osteoporosis, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Glycation, Diabetes, Glycation, Osteocalcin

Chunyu Wang


Alzheimer's disease: amyloid production, aggregation and interaction, Hedgehog autopocessing: mechanism and relevance to cancer, drug discovery in Alzheimer's and cancer, NMR spectroscopy, inteins: structure and mechanism

Ge Wang

Clark and Crossan Endowed Chair Professor

X-ray computed tomography, Optical molecular tomography, Magnetic resonance imaging, Multimodality imaging, Machine learning

Xing Wang

Assistant Professor

Structural DNA Nanotechnology, RNA Mediated Genome Editing and Programming, Biosensing, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials, Polymers, Materials and Energy

Leo Q. Wan

Associate Professor

Ingrid Wilke

Associate Professor

Terahertz Science and Terahertz Technology, Ultrafast Laser Applications

X. George Xu

Measurement and simulation of Ionizing radiation, Monte Carlo radiation transport method, Anatomical modeling for radiation dosimetry, Medical imaging (X-ray, CT, PET, ultrasound), Radiotherapy (photons, electrons, protons, heavy-ions), Health physics and medical physics, Radiation dosimetry, Parallel Monte Carlo software and computing

Pingkun Yan

Assistant Professor

Medical Image Computing, Image-guided Interventions, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence

Mohammed J. Zaki


Data Mining, Bioinformatics

Fuming Zhang

Research Professor

Glycobiology, Glycoenginnering, SPR