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Biological Engineering

The biological engineering research activities in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering cover broad topics in both biochemical and biomedical engineering research. Areas include biomaterials, biosensors, tissue engineering, bioinformatics, molecular modeling of proteins, diabetes, bio-derived energy, bioremediation, fermentation and a host of others.

Examples of research interests of individual faculty in biological engineering are:

Ali Cinar
Professor of Chemical Engineering; Director, Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education
Expertise: Agent-based modeling of angiogenesis; modeling and control of glucose in patients with diabetes

Nancy W. Karuri
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Investigation of the effects of biophysical environments on cell behavior, the creation of biomimetic scaffolds for cell and tissue regeneration, and the development of molecular sensors

Sohail Murad
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Molecular modeling of complex materials for selective water, ion and gas transport with applications to separations

Satish Parulekar
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Biochemical engineering; recombiant protein production; microbial inactivation in foods by high pressure and microwave processing

Victor Perez-Luna
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Biomaterials; biosensors; hydrogels for biomedical applications

Jay Schieber
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Multi-scale modeling of biomimetic materials; macromolecular dynamics

Fouad Teymour
Johnson Polymer Professor
Expertise: Medical applications of hydrogels, biofuels, and enzyme kinetics