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Bioinformatics

Donna Slonim
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Research Interests
Algorithms for Mircroarray Data analysis
Inference of genetic regulatory networks

Ongoing projects include studies of normal and abnormal human fetal development, designing novel approaches to the analysis of microarray data, and inferring regulatory or functional networks by integrating different types of genomic information. Interested in advancing the field of "computational pharmacogenomics" by identifying drug targets, improving personalized medicine, and suggesting new roles for existing therapeutics via computational analysis.

Biomaterials

Mark Cronin-Golomb
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests
Research at the interface between biology and materials science and engineering - aimed at understanding and controlling the biological synthesis and processing of polymers and polymer interfaces. Studies are focused on the manipulation of adult human stem cells on novel protein-based matrices in novel bioreactors to generate desired tissue outcomes - ligament, bone, cartilage.

Biomechanical Systems and Devices

Gary Leisk
Senior Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests
Research in the areas of materials processing and characterization, design of automated systems, and robot development using novel soft materials/mechanisms. Working as part of highly interdisciplinary teams, Dr. Leisk has focused on applying design skills to the creation of new materials (e.g., composites), structures, and actuation strategies in furthering efforts in tissue engineering and soft-bodied robotics.

Cell and Bioprocess Engineering

Kyongbum Lee
Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests
metabolic engineering, tissue engineering, systems biology

We are interested in the study of cellular metabolism and its role in directing biological function. Our research goals are to gain fundamental insights into the biochemical and biophysical cues contributing to the regulation of metabolic pathways, and to develop technologies for assembling, characterizing and manipulating these systems. Our vision is to translate these basic insights and technologies into applications leading to engineering practice and meaningful health outcomes. We are especially interested in discovering therapeutic and diagnostic targets for metabolic diseases such as obesity.

Environmental Biotechnology

Andrew Ramsburg
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests
Emulsion-based delivery solutes and reactive particles employed in subsurface remediation
Fate and transport of emerging contaminants in the natural and engineered environment
Technology innovation for assessment and remediation of dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) source zones
Flow, transport, and exchange processes in multiphase porous media

Signals and Systems

Shuchin Aeron
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests
Dr. Aeron works on Statistical Signal Processing - Detection and Estimation, Compressed Sensing, Optimal sampling and recovery, information theory and its applications, geophysical signal processing, bio-informatics - Analysis of metabolic networks and DNA sequencing, and statistical pattern recognition.