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Molecular Engineering (Synthetic Biology, Nucleic Acid, Health and Medicine)

Specialization Overview

Molecular and cellular systems seeks to understand, and ultimately control, the cellular processes. Three interrelated subtopics focus on the cell—processes inside the cell, interactions among cells, and cellular response to the environment.  Such understanding allows us to detect, quantify, analyze, simulate, redirect, and redesign biological entities.

We can apply the knowledge to study live animal bioreactors, design biosensors or lab-on-a-chip systems with applications to detection of pathogenic microorganisms, allergens, or carcinogens; to develop antimicrobial surfaces for plastics, textiles, food packaging and processing equipment; to produce and refine natural and recombinant products such as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and industrial enzymes.

Sample Curricula

student 1 sample - fall
course title
BEE 5951 Master of Engineering Design Project
BME 5500 Product Engineering & Design in BME
BME 6310 Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
CHEM 6650 Advanced Organic Chemistry


student 1 sample - spring
course title
 BEE 5952 Master of Engineering Design Project
BME 5390 Biomedical Materials and Devices for Human Body Repair
BME 5740 Protocols & Fundamentals of Surgery
BME 6410 Protein Engineering for Medicine


student 2 sample - fall
course title
BEE 5951 Master of Engineering Design Project
BEE 4550 Biologically Inspired Microsystems Engineering
BEE 4730 Watershed Engineering
BEE 6940 Graduate Special Topics in Biological and Environmental Engineering
BEE 7000 Orientation to Graduate Study
BEE 7710 Soil and Water Engineering Seminar
student 2 sample - spring
course title
BEE 5952 Master of Engineering Design Project
BEE 4760 Solid Waste Engineering
 MAE 5010 Future Energy Systems

Past MEng Project Titles

  • Development of a Liposome Aggregation Biosensor for the Detection of Sryptosporidium Parvum
  • Rapid and efficient mixing in low Reynolds number microfluidic systems via short-distance flow through an electrospun nanofiber mat: A computational analysis
  • Oxidative Deamination of Dipeptides By Synthetic Manganese Oxide Characterized By High Resolution Mass Spectrometry
  • Modeling of Tangitial Flow Microfiltration with Backpulsing in Protein Polysaccharide Separation of a Biological Vaccine
  • First Steps to Parameter Optimization of Bioelectrochemical Systems Using a Microsystems Engineering Approach
  • Laser Induced Lysis of Escherichia coli Cells and Bacillus subtilis Spores