Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
This very broad research area includes all points of intersection between chemical engineering and life sciences. Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology research includes such fields as:
- Biomolecular Engineering
- Cellular Engineering
- Metabolic Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biochemical Engineering
- Biological Engineering
- Bioprocess Engineering
The aim is to integrate an understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics with chemical engineering to create new products, processes, and molecular tools.
Researchers in this field perform genetic engineering so that biological machinery is more adept at producing chemicals that are useful to society (e.g., pharmaceutical products, renewable fuels, plastics) or performing entirely new functions. At Penn State, we use experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to make major advances in this field.