Viral and non-viral gene/drug delivery; virus-like particle, viral vector and biopolymer synthesis; animal cell culture; metabolic analysis; synthetic biology; systems biology.
Heterogeneous catalysis and process engineering as applied to environmental and biochemical engineering problems.
Systems biology; modelling of bioprocesses; control and optimization of biochemical systems; metabolic flux analysis; bacterial and mammalian cultures; data mining in biochemical systems.
Nanotechnology; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; drug and gene delivery; colloid and surface science; interfacial engineering; polymer and biopolymer synthesis.
Bioprocess development for biomanufacturing; genetic/protein engineering; metabolic engineering; molecular biology; microbial biotechnology; gene expression; recombinant protein production; fermentation; downstream processing; protein folding.
Research interests focus on protein and biomimetic engineering including separation and purification of enzymes, use of enzymes in non-conventional media, reactor design for biotransformations in non-conventional media, enzyme immobilization, immobilized enzyme kinetics, biosensor development, protein thermodynamics and stability and analysis of coupled enzymatic reactions. Research in the area of environmental engineering includes bioremediation of contaminated soils, wastewater treatment and the development of separation processes for treatment of waste effluents.
Enzyme reaction engineering; wood pulp characterization; food processing and waste reutilization; membrane filtration processes; polymeric membrane barrier properties.
Biogas and biomass conversion via thermocatalytic processes; bioreactor design and modeling; mathematical modeling of gene and metabolic regulation; and reaction-diffusion processes in biological systems.
Nano-structured systems from templating process; enhanced drug delivery systems; Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP); stimuli responsive polymeric systems; polymer-surfactant interactions; associative polymers for environmentally friendly coatings; magnetic nanoparticles for novel separation processes.
Tissue engineering; biomaterials; stem cells; mechanobiology; controlled-release / drug and gene delivery; in vitro disease model; nanofabrication.