Bioengineering

 

Introduction

The Bioengineering Department was founded in 2007 by merging several IQS laboratories in the Life Science area and by joining new research groups. The Department is composed of 5 laboratories: Biochemistry, Biomaterials, Microbiology, Bioprocesses, and Tissue Engineering. Research areas combine basic and applied projects in biomedicine, industrial biotechnology, and food and environmental biotechnology.




 

Teaching

The Department offers biology and biochemistry courses in the Chemistry Degree and Chemical Engineering Degree. Moreover, the Masters in Bioengineering as well as the PhD program in Bioengineering are coordinated by the Department. Additionally, the Department collaborates in the Masters programs of Food Chemistry and Engineering, and Chemistry and Engineering Research.

 

Research

Research projects are in the areas of Life SciencesChemistry, Process Engineering and Bioprocesses, and Materials and Biomaterials

Biochemistry Laboratory

  • Protein engineering and enzymology of glycosidases and glycosyltranferases
  • Therapeutic targets in infectious diseases
  • Amyloidogenic proteins in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Biocatalysis: enzyme redesign, directed evolution of enzymes, and metabolic engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering for the production of glycoglycerolipids
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Biomaterials Laboratory

  • Stimuli sensitive polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery
  • Design of biomimetic surfaces with both chemical and mechanical signaling. Smart surfaces
  • Design and rapid manufacturing fabrication of scaffolds for bone and cartilage regeneration


Microbiology Laboratory

  • Mycotoxins and fungal producers
  • Microbiological aspects of the photodynamic therapy
  • Food and environmental safety


Bioprocess Laboratory

  • Recombinant protein and metabolite expression, bioprocess and bioreactors optimization
  • Industrial byproducts as a source for highly valuable biotechnological products
  • Industrial byproducts as a source for highly valuable biotechnological products


Tissue Engineering Laboratory

  • Design and synthesis of nanometric biomaterials analog to extracellular matrices 
  • Development of instructive tri-dimensional environments for functional differentiation of stem cells
  • Environmental reprogramming of adult cells to develop regenerative medicine platforms
  • Impact of the haemodynamic environment in vascular cells functionality
  • Controlled drug delivery in vascular devices