“Synthetic biology” is the synthesis of complex, biologically-based or biologically-inspired systems which display functions that do not exist in nature or the re-design of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes and biotechnologies. It is an interdisciplinary field that combines principles of molecular biology, biochemistry, and nanoscience.
Nanoscience Faculty Research
Dr. dennis lajeuenesse
LaJeunesse’s research group focuses on biomimetic nanostructured materials and understanding the interactions of living systems with materials at the nanoscale, including the structural and functional properties of biomaterials, mitochondrial morphology, and muscle structure.
Nanoengineering Faculty Research
Dr. shyam aravamudhan
Associate Professor & director of jsnn core facilities
Dr. Aravamudhan’s interests lie at the intersection of micro/nanotechnology and life sciences. Research area focuses on nanobioelectronic systems for disease diagnostics and regenerative engineering, and the environmental & health impacts of engineered nanomaterials.
Dr. KRISten dellinger
Dr. Dellinger’s research interests lie in the application of engineering and materials to biology and medicine. Her lab focuses on fabricating novel nanomaterials for various therapeutic and diagnostic needs and developing technologies for live-cell imaging and fundamental research in molecular biology.
Dr. reza zadegan
Dr. Zadegan commits to blurring the lines between disciplines, people, expertise, and socioeconomic status in academia. His research team focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nuclei acid-based materials applicable in personalized medicine, memory, nanoengineering, and bioengineering.