Leveraging diagnostics, biomaterials, biosensors, and more to understand physiological systems and identify treatment strategies.

Biointerfaces and Biosensors

Studying and directing molecular structure and function at interfaces. Applications include the development of novel biocompatible and bioactive surface coatings;the design and fabrication of optical and electrochemical sensing technologies for medical diagnostics and treatment monitoring; and biogenic, functionalized nanostructuresfor sensing applications.

Cell and Tissue Engineering

The application of engineering principles to understand and control cell behavior. Applications include modeling nutrient transport in the intervertebral disk, interrogating the role of the immune system in cancer progression, and developing improved strategies for cryopreservation of tissue and organs.

Bioprocessing

Applications include microfluidic blood processing technologies for medical treatment; cultivating novel marine organisms for advanced materials, food ingredients, bioactive products, and biofuels; processing of bio-based materials such as carbohydrates, lignin, lipids, and proteins for environmentally friendly products; and biodegradation of polymers. Processes are being developed for the biological treatment of legacy and emerging contaminants in groundwater, wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, and industrial wastewater.

 

Participating Faculty

Joe Baio

Joe Baio
Assistant Professor

Kaitlin Fogg

Kaitlin Fogg
Assistant Professor

Elain Fu

Elain Fu
Assistant Professor

Morgan Giers

Morgan Giers
Assistant Professor

Stacey Harper

Stacey Harper
Professor

Greg Herman

Greg Herman
School Head,
James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering

Xue Jin

Xue Jin
Assistant Professor

Goran N. Jovanovic

Goran N. Jovanovic
Professor

Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly
Professor

Kaichang Li

Kaichang Li
Professor

Natasha Mallette

Natasha Mallette
Professional Practice Engineer

Skip Rochefort

Skip Rochefort
Associate Professor

Kate Schilke

Kate Schilke
Associate Professor

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Lewis Semprini

Lewis Semprini
Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering