Cellular and molecular engineering focuses on the principles and methods of the physical and biological sciences, medicine and engineering to understand human and animal physiology and pathology. Using tools in biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, and genetics, a primary objective is to engineer cells and tissues for therapeutic applications. This interdisciplinary systems approach has yielded rapid advances and clinical therapies as applied to structural tissue repair (e.g., skin, bone, cartilage, tendon, muscle, and blood vessel). It is now possible to enhance metabolic function (e.g., liver), improve the efficiency of drug delivery, and target cell-based gene therapy, and design small molecule antagonists and therapeutics for inflammation. The research combines the principles of molecular and cellular biology and medicine with essential elements from biophysics, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and physical chemistry to provide a rigorous background for research in industrial and academic environments.
Faculty with Interests in Cellular and Molecular Systems: