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Bioengineering (BioE)

Eva de Alba

Eva de Alba

Associate Professor

SE2 382

  • Structural Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies (emphasis on inflammation and cellular death)
  • Protein Engineering
  • NMR Spectroscopy

Ariel L. Escobar

Ariel L. Escobar

Professor Emeritus

SE1 340

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of human death all over the world. My laboratory have been focused in understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the development of cardiac arrhythmias during an increase in the heart rate (tachycardia) and after a cardiac infarction (ischemia).

Controlling the development of this cardiac arrhythmias will dramatically improve the rate of survival after a cardiac episode.

  • Bioelectricity
  • Physiological engineering
  • Molecular and cellular cardiology

Hirosha Geekiyanage

Assistant Professor

BSP 379

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous small RNAs of 21–22 nucleotides with a significant role in gene regulation. They base-pair with the 3’UTR of a targeted mRNA whilst in association with Argonaute, the effector protein of the miRNA mediated silencing complex (miRISC), and causes translation repression and/or degradation. We are interested in understanding the fundamental properties of cell intrinsic miRNA and extracellular miRNA that are found in cell free body fluids and their contribution to viral infections, disease pathologies, disease diagnosis and treatment.

Arvind Gopinath

Arvind Gopinath

Associate Professor

SE2 384

  • Mechanics in biology
  • Biomechanics, Mechanobiology and signaling in Chlamydomonas cilia
  • Phototaxis in algae
  • Biofluids and Biothermodynamics
  • Multicellular motility and mechanics
  • Statistical physics of active systems
  • Biophysic

Victor Muñoz

  • Biophysics
  • Quantitative and synthetic biology
  • Protein folding, evolution and design
  • Protein engineering
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Laser spectroscopy and ultrafast kinetics
  • Single molecule fluorescence
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Computational chemistry and biology

Joel Spencer Portrait

Joel Spencer

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair (BioE)

SE2 381

Professor Spencer seeks to to develop novel optical imaging and sensing systems for applications in tissue regeneration, transplantation, and cancer. 

Current Research Topics:

  • investigating new ways to image the thymus in live mice with subcellular resolution
  • developing faster oxygen sensing methods for in vivo applications
  • applying whole tissue imaging methods for studying immune reconstitution
  • developing imaging assays for regenerative medicine and other applications

Anand Subramaniam

Anand Subramaniam

Associate Professor and Dept Chair (BioE)

S&E2 Room 291

Professor Subramaniam seeks to understand the fundamental physicochemical mechanisms that govern the assembly and function of biomembranes. His lab group combines experimental tools from soft matter physics, chemistry, and molecular biology to tackle cutting-edge challenges in biomembrane engineering and bottom-up synthetic biology.  

 Current Research Topics:

  • developing methods for high throughput fabrication of semi-synthetic cells 
  • developing cost effective vesicle-based therapeutics and diagnostics to improve public health

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