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Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 4417
Expertise: Our group focuses on engineering biology to produce organic molecules of interest such as biofuels, commodity and specialty chemicals and protein pharmaceuticals. Specifically, our lab alters cells and "hijacks" the basic metabolism to convert cellular systems into industrially-relevant biochemical factories. We utilize a variety of host systems including microbial (eg. Eschericia coli), fungal (eg. the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica), and mammalian cells (eg. Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells and human HEK293). To accomplish these tasks, traditional pathway engineering approaches are merged with novel synthetic biology tools, protein engineering strategies, systems biology paradigms and applied genetic engineering capabilities. Our research group focuses on the integration and implementation of these tools and knowledge for the design, production, and elicitation of phenotypes relevant to biotechnological processes and medical interest. In addition, we are heavily invested in developing novel synthetic biology approaches aimed at increasing our capacity to engineer cells.
Professor and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering No. 9, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 6975
Expertise: Engineering and preclinical/clinical development of human enzyme therapeutics for cancer treatment. Development of methods for the molecular-level understanding of antibody responses to immune challenge. Analysis of the antibody repertoire elicited by viral infection (e.g. HIV-1) and vaccination to aid the development of more efficient vaccines. Engineering of antibody therapeutics displaying enhanced ability to recruit cytotoxic leukocytes and blood proteins (complement) for the effective clearance of pathogens.
Professor and Matthew Van Winkle Regents Professorship in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 5633
Expertise: Nanotechnology can be defined as the study of material properties and interactions on a nanometer length scale. Our experimental group focuses on investigating size-tunable material properties, and the rational self-assembly and fabrication of nanostructures with atomic detail. This research finds applications in microelectronics and photonics, spintronics, coatings, sensors and biotechnology.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 9188
Expertise: Control of cellular immunity through manipulation of T cell receptor interactions; Reverse-engineer pathogenic strategies used by bacterial pathogens for biotechnological applications; Apply protein engineering approaches to issues in structural biology
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 232 2051
Expertise: Analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuit design; Micro- and nano-scale solid-state platforms (silicon ICs and beyond) as an electrical, electrochemical, and optical analytical tool for biotechnology and medicine; Low-cost medical imaging systems; Miniature spin resonance systems