Laboratories

Biomolecular and Metabolic Engineering Laboratories

Nanofactories
Principal Investigator: Bentley, William E.
Location: 6142 Plant Sciences Building

The Biomolecular and Metabolic Engineering Laboratories employ the tools of "functional" genomics to understand the regulation of genetic circuits during applied stresses. In particular, DNA microarrays are used for analyzing gene expression on a global basis. This, coupled with transcriptional promoter probes, quantitative RT-PCR, Northern and Western analyses ultimately enables close to real time detection of gene expression in targeted circuits. The group is currently focusing on stress-related and nutritionally- regulated pathways such as those involving s32, sS,and sN. The group's objective is to alter the intracellular environment to improve cellular processes, including the production of recombinant proteins. It is also developing new analytical tools to monitor gene expression both in vivo and in vitro.

See also: The Biochip Collaborative

Functional Macromolecular Laboratory

Intelligent packaging film changing colors.
Principal Investigator: Kofinas, Peter
Location: 1211-1213 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

The Functional Macromolecular Laboratory  focuses on  the synthesis characterization and processing of novel polymer based architectures used in a variety of technologies and devices ranging from energy storage to medical devices.  Present problems of interest include: solution blow spun functional polymers as surgical sealants; biosensors for the detection of pathogens; point-of-care diagnostics; non-flammable air-stable solid polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries; functional magnetodielectric polymer nanocomposites for flexible antennas.

Jackson Group

Colorado Fuel Cell Center
Location: Colorado Fuel Cell Center, Colorado School of Mines

Professor Jackson's research group works on several projects related to solid oxide electrochemical cells, PEM fuel cell systems and electrocatalysis, and catalytic and solar thermal reactors for energy conversion and H2 production. THeir research includes a combination of fundamental experiments and design model development and validation, which has made an impact in both the scientific and industrial R&D communities.

Maryland MEMS & Microfluidics Laboratory

Lab on a chip device.
Principal Investigator: DeVoe, Don
Email: ddev@umd.edu
Location: 3126 Glenn L Martin Hall

Research in the Maryland MEMS & Microfluidics Laboratory (MML) spans a range of microscale and nanoscale technologies, including tools for high throughput biomarker discovery and analysis, low-cost microfluidic diagnostics for world health, interfaces coupling microfluidics to mass spectrometry, microscale platforms for probing lipid membranes and ion channels, and new polymer micro/nanofluidic fabrication technologies. MML researchers also develop silicon and piezoelectric MEMS technologies for novel analytical and microactuation platforms. Microfabrication is performed using dedicated facilities in the MML cleanroom, and in the FabLab located in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Bldg.

Molecular Mechanics and Self-Assembly Laboratory

Student using optical mini-tweezers.
Email: jseog@umd.edu
Location: 2204 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building

The Molecular Mechanics Laboratory focuses on investigating molecular level interactions using high resolution force microscopy. Atomic force microscopy and optical tweezers are utilized to understand protein-protein interactions, the nanomechanics of macromolecules, and the structure-function relationship of biological molecules. Current research projects are focused on understanding molecular mechanism of protein aggregation disease, DNA-biomaterial interaction, and self-assembling peptides. Understanding the nature of these interactions will allow us to design novel biomaterials with well-defined nanostructural properties that will be useful for biomedical and nanobiotechnology applications.

Sang Bok Lee Research Group

Electrodeposition
Principal Investigator: Lee, Sang Bok
Location: Rooms 2112, 3113 and 3115 Chemistry Building

Professor Lee's expertise in nanomaterials synthesis and electrochemistry forms the foundation of his research program. The Lee Group is, in general, interested in the synthesis of 1-D nanotubular and nanowire structures with various materials, since the 1-D structure has many attributes that other nanostructures do not have. The group is also interested in application of these various 1-D naostructures in the biomedical, materials, and energy fields. Current research projects may be categorized into three major areas: (1) synthesis and characterization of nanotube structures with various electronic and/or electrochemical materials and their application to ultrafast electrochromic display and high-power energy storage devices, (2) synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for biomedical applications such as targeted drug delivery and biosensors, and (3) investigation of fundamental physical and chemical properties of nanostructured  materials such as diffusion and reaction problems in a confined geometry of silica nanotube.

Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory

Cells
Principal Investigator: Fisher, John
Location: 3237 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

The Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory uses the principles of both engineering and life sciences to develop biomaterials that improve the quality of life of ill or injured patients. The lab is used to fabricate polymers into easily implantable biomaterials by first synthesizing novel hydrolytically degradable biomaterials. Molecular and cellular biology principles are then incorporated to understand the interaction of cells, tissues, and higher life systems with these novel biomaterials. Areas of focus in the lab include the study of biomaterials for the delivery of therapeutics, scaffolds for orthopedic tissue engineering applications, and the interaction of biomaterials and tissues.