Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering

Stem cell in hair follicle.

Our Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering faculty and students focus on tissue replacement and regeneration. 

By studying the role of mechanical forces on cell behavior, protein glycosylation, stem cell aging, and stem cell differentiation, they develop novel technologies such as production of value-added chemicals, engineering novel proteins with improved properties, development of anti-clotting agents, scale-up production of stem cells for cell therapies and engineering tissues such as blood vessels, skin, bone, and cartilage.

Research Areas and Projects

Biological Engineering Faculty

Stelios Andreadis - Stem cells for vascular tissue engineering, signaling pathways in cell-cell adhesion and wound healing, lentiviral vectors and lentiviral microarrays for high-throughput gene expression analysis and gene discovery

Sriram Neelamegham - Biomedical engineering, cell biomechanics, vascular engineering

Natesh Parashurama - Liver stem cell biology, differentiation, cell therapy, organogenesis, disease modeling, tissue engineering. Multimodality molecular imaging, monitoring molecular events in living subjects

Sheldon Park - Protein engineering, yeast display, therapeutic antibody, biosensor and diagnostics

Blaine Pfeifer - Metabolic engineering, heterologous natural product biosynthesis, genetic vaccine design

Rudiyanto Gunawan - systems biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, mathematical modeling, systems analysis, design of experiments, network inference, process optimization