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.
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.