Biomolecular Engineering

Director: Prajna Dhar, Ph.D.

Biomolecular engineering research integrates the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and mathematics with engineering problem-solving methods to prepare students for careers in industry, academia and public service. Program faculty solve biological problems to increase understanding of a variety of biological systems.

Chemical and biological systems are studied to ultimately provide solutions—in the form of measurement of properties and function, imaging, diagnosis or therapeutics. Research in this area involves collaborations among engineers, biological scientists, chemists, physicians and pharmaceutical scientists in industry, academia, surgery and clinical settings.

Students in this track use a core background of mathematics, basic sciences and therapeutics and engineering courses to conduct interdisciplinary research. Elective courses are selected to prepare each student for their unique problem in such areas as drug design or development, biological materials design, characterization of cellular function or malfunction, transport in biological systems or analysis of complex data.


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Track Faculty

Prajna Dhar
  • -Track Director, Biomolecular Engineering
  • -Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • -Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Andrew Godwin
  • -Chancellors Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences and Endowed Professor
  • -Professor and Director of Molecular Oncology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • -Deputy Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
  • -Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar

Roy Jensen
  • -Director, University of Kansas Cancer Center
  • -Director, Kansas Masonic Research Institute (KMCRI)
  • -Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • -William R. Jewell, MD Distinguished Kansas Masonic Professorship in Cancer Research
  • -Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Cancer Alliance
  • -Professor, Cancer Biology

Teruna Siahaan
  • -Aya and Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • -Associate Chair, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • -Co-Director, NIH Biotechnology Training Program