Areas of Research
Biotechnology, Bioengineering, & Complexity

As populations in the developed world age, rising health care costs and increased expectations for longevity and high quality of life are pushing the limits of technology. Chemical engineers are well positioned to tackle these issues.

Tissue engineering can solve the constant shortage of organs. New drugs and new drug delivery technologies will help us fight disease. Medical informatics can help health care professionals optimize treatments by giving them the information they need the most when then need it.

Research Areas

Specific research areas pursued in the department include:

  • Drug discovery and delivery
  • Stem cells
  • Tissue engineering
  • Synthetic biology
  • Gene therapy
  • Metabolic engineering of microorganisms
  • Novel environmental biodegradation pathways

The department also has strong theoretical and computational research on bio-interfaces, computational and systems biology, self-organization and emergent behavior in biological, chemical and physical systems, and medical informatics.