The Department enjoys one of the largest research groups in the world in Process Systems Engineering (PSE), an area central to chemical and biochemical process industries. With the emerging focus on biomolecular engineering, our PSE group has reshaped itself as the Chemical and BioSystems Thrust (ChemBioSys) to provide the much-needed systems perspective in biology and biotechnology. The main objective of the Thrust is the development of efficient methodologies and tools to obtain innovative and non-intuitive solutions for the design and operation of chemical and biomolecular systems. Traditionally, the systems engineering approach has helped a variety of industries such as chemical, food, petroleum, polymer, pharmaceutical, agrochemicals, bio-pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, electronic materials, and semiconductor achieve safe/stable operation and enhanced business profits. Now, the recent developments in life sciences have opened up formidable challenges and unique opportunities in areas such as systems biology and bioinformatics, which require systems approach. Therefore, chemical sciences coupled with sophisticated computational techniques – ranging from statistical data analysis and optimization to artificial intelligence – provide an excellent platform for deriving deep insight into biological systems.
Current research activities in biomolecular and biomedical engineering in the Department include