Biomolecular and Protein Engineering Track

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Biomolecular and Protein Engineering is a relatively new discipline that focuses on the design, generation, and analysis of proteins and other biomolecules with modified or new activities, for both research and clinical applications. Interdisciplinary approaches are used to optimize the in vivo dynamics of an engineered protein for its particular application, as well as deliver these proteins to their target site.

The Biomolecular and Protein Engineering Track in the BME Ph.D. Program includes coursework in areas such as protein biochemistry, protein modeling and structure determination, antibody engineering, fluorescence microscopy, and medical imaging that complements the laboratory training of graduate students.


Jinming Gao, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Theranostic nanomedicine; cancer molecular imaging; nanotechnology

Nick Grishin, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Computational biology 

Qui-Xing Jiang, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Lipid effects on voltage-gated ion channels, surface-engineering technology for imaging biological complexes of low abundance

Wen-Hong Li, Ph.D. 
Research Interests: Engineering probes and assays for monitoring islet beta cell mass or function in vivo; Physiological regulation of hormone secretion in pancreatic islets; Functional analysis of microRNA.

Ellen Vitetta, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Monoclonal antibodies and immunotoxins in cancer and AIDS; new vaccines