Research at CBIS


CBIS researchers are creating new drug therapies and delivery systems, focusing on agents derived from naturally occurring proteins or bioengineering new classes of drugs. Examples include:

  • Bioengineered therapeutics, including a contamination-free form of the anticoagulant heparin
  • Nanoscale therapeutics that inhibit anthrax toxins
  • Mapping protein networks using biocomputation and bioinformatics to enable more effective intervention in biological processes


Steven Cramer

William Weightman Walker Professor

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

Institute Professor

Biocatalysis and Cell-Free Metabolic Engineering, Biomanufacturing, 3D Cell Culture Engineering and Organoid Development, Immunoengineering, Biomolecular Discovery
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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), Polymer therapeutics, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials, Organic, Medicinal and Drug Discovery, Polymers, Materials and Energy, Green Chemistry and Sustainability
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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.
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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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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, Organic, Medicinal and Drug Discovery, Polymers, Materials and Energy
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Leo Q. Wan

Associate Professor

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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
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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 , Radiation Shielding
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