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Biological Engineering

"Using the tenets of biology and the applied tools of engineering, researchers develop an understanding of living systems, opening new opportunities and solutions in these complex systems."

(Above) Example of "tumor targeting," one of many biomedical applications for protein engineering, specifically yeast surface display. (Wittrup Group)



Thermodynamics, transport, and chemical kinetics are useful 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. Its methods include analytical chemistry and biochemistry techniques, bioinformatic processing of data, and computational solution of chemical reaction and transport models.