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Chemical engineering thermodynamics, transport, and chemical kinetics, so useful for manufacturing processes, are fruitful tools for exploring biological systems, as well. Biological engineering research may be directed at molecular level processes, the cell, tissues, the organism, and large-scale manufacturing in biotech processes. It may be applied to producing specialized proteins, genetic modification of cells, transport of nutrients and wastes in tissue, therapeutic methods of drug delivery, tissue repair and generation, purification of product molecules, and control strategies for complex bio-production plants. Its methods include analytical chemistry and biochemistry techniques, bioinformatic processing of data, and computational solution of chemical reaction and transport models. Biological engineering is an extraordinarily rich area for chemical engineers, and its consequences - theoretical, medical, commercial - will be far-reaching.

In the Department, you will find expertise in protein manipulation, metabolic processes, tissue regeneration, cellular function, bioprocesses, bioinformatics, drug delivery, biomaterials, experimental and computational methods, and many other areas of biological engineering. View the pages of individual faculty members to learn about recent and ongoing research.

Daniel Blankschtein Professor 617.253.4594
dblank@mit.edu
colloid and interface science, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, environmental and biomedical aspects of structured fluids, bioseparations, transdermal drug delivery
Arup K. Chakraborty Professor 617.253.3890
arupc@mit.edu
cell-cell recognition in immunology, T cell biology, polymers and membranes, statistical mechanics
Clark K. Colton Professor 617.253.4585
ckcolton@mit.edu
biomedical engineering, biochemical engineering, mass transfer
Charles L. Cooney Professor 617.253.3108
ccooney@mit.edu
biochemical engineering
William M. Deen Professor 617.253.4535
wmdeen@mit.edu
bioengineering, transport phenomena, membrane separations
Patrick S. Doyle Associate Professor 617.253.4534
pdoyle@mit.edu
biophysics, microfluidics separations, microrheology, polymer physics, transport phenomena
Marcus Karel Emeritus Professor 617.253.6744
karel@mit.edu
physical chemistry of foods, controlled release of active ingredients in foods and pharmaceuticals, cryopreservation, food engineering
Robert S. Langer Institute Professor 617.253.3107
rlanger@mit.edu
drug delivery, biotechnology, immobilized enzymes, biomedical engineering, biomaterials, tissue engineering
Douglas A. Lauffenburger Professor 617.252.1629
617.253.4480
lauffen@mit.edu
cell, tissue, and biomolecular engineering; computational modeling of biological and physiological systems
Narendra Maheshri Assistant Professor 617.258-8986
narendra@mit.edu
design and dynamics of genetic and metabolic networks, evolvability, synthetic biology
Kristala Jones Prather Assistant Professor 617.253.1950
kljp@mit.edu
metabolic engineering, biochemical engineering, bioprocess engineering, synthetic biology
Gregory Stephanopoulos Professor 617.253.4583
gregstep@mit.edu
metabolic engineering, biochemical engineering, biotechnology, bioinformatics
Daniel I.C. Wang Institute Professor 617.253.2126
dicwang@mit.edu
bioreactor engineering, recombinant protein production, bioprocess monitoring and control, glycoprotein quality, protein stabilization
K. Dane Wittrup Professor 617.253.4578
wittrup@mit.edu
molecular bioengineering, protein engineering, therapeutic protein biotechnology