A number of BMSE faculty work in the field of bioengineering, approximately equally split between faculty who's research focus is on solving biomedical problems via the application of traditional engineering (microelectronics, microfluidics etc) and those who are re-engineering biological materials and systems to better suit them for specific end applications. To these ends, BMSE faculty have pioneered work on minimally invasive trans-dermal drug delivery, on the development of microfluidic methods for massively parallel cell counting and screening, and on improving our understanding of the chemistry and physics underlying biological materials.
The Carlini Group focuses on breaking down barriers between endogenous biochemical signals and exogenous soft materials for the fabrication of smart devices. We aim to revisit biomedical problems that remain shockingly unsolved, by integrating structurally dynamic polymers and biomaterials into autonomous sense-response-feedback platforms.
The role of radicals in enzyme catalysis and degradation, development of electron bifurcating flavoproteins, and biogeochemical redox cycling of phosphorus.
Combining theory and experimentation to understand how navigational decisions come about in terms of neural-circuit computation.
The Mukherjee group will pursue fundamental advances at the intersection of molecular biology, biomedical imaging, and biophysics to discover and repurpose new classes of biomolecules into genetic reporters for studying cell function under low-oxygen conditions and inside deep tissues.
Bioengineering and protein biophysics.
Professor Beth Pruitt interests lie at the intersection of mechanobiology, microfabrication, engineering and science and her lab specializes in engineering microsystems and biointerfaces for quantitative mechanobiology.
Structures and interactions in complex fluids and biological systems; new materials for gene delivery into mammalian cells.
The Saleh Group studies the physics of soft matter systems, with a focus on the active and passive micro-mechanics of biomolecules and polymers. These studies are pursued using modern instrumentation that permits insight into nanoscale structure and forces.
Design, synthesis, and characterization of new bioinorganic materials with an emphasis on understanding interface assembly & control of bioprocesses.
Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology, Control Theory, Data Science