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Focus Area 3: Nanobiotechnology

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What is it?

Nanobiotechnology integrates nanoscale science and technology with biology. Nanobiotechology uses nano-materials (such as nanoparticles) and nano-tools (such as fabrications and electron microscopies) to study biological processes and to solve biological problems. On the other hand, biology provides rich and unimaginable inspirations for engineers to create, starting from the nanoscale, novel materials, tools, and devices that will ultimately benefit our society.

How we use it?

Applications include Environment, Energy, Public Health, Biotechnology, Food and Agriculture, and Consumer Products. For example, we can apply nanobiotechnology as a tool to study nanoscale phenomena from DNA behavior to nanoparticle assembly to cellular functions. We can also use nanobiotechnology to develop additional tools to aid researchers in understanding our world from the nanoscale and up. Furthermore, we can employ nanobiotechnology to create new materials and devices for real-world applications.

Career possibilities

Career opportunities exist in the following industries: Materials science such as colloids, textiles, polymers, and particles; Biotech industry such as reagents, devices, diagnostics, and research tools; Medical and pharmaceutical industry such as drug development, drug delivery, formulations, and imaging; Environmental industry such as monitoring, control, and remediation; Energy area such as novel batteries, energy captures and storages; Food technologies such as quality control, sensing, and packaging. In addition, there are career opportunities as professional researchers at all research institutes including universities, federal and military laboratories, and dedicated research institutes.

Core courses to help you prepare

  • BEE 3600 – Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

Focus Area courses to help you prepare

  • BEE 4550 – Biologically Inspired Microsystems Engineering
  • BEE 4590 – Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques
  • BEE 7600 – Nucleic Acid Engineering
  • CHEME 5940 – Biomolecular Engineering Logic and Design
  • ECE 4070 – Physics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures
  • ECE 5320 – Nano-Optics
  • ECE 5350 – Semiconductor Physics
  • MAE 5240 – Physics of Micro and Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics
  • MSE 5630 – Nanobiotechnology
  • MSE 5890 – Colloids and Colloid Assemblies for Advanced Materials Applications
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