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Research Thrusts

Multidisciplinary Research

Chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering fields—to study how biological matter assembles to perform specific tasks, in hopes of eventually being able to engineer and develop innovations (from designer cells and tissue to novel diagnostic and therapeutic devices)


The NSF CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines focuses on three specialized research areas: Biomolecular Machines, Macromolecular Assemblies and Hybrid Devices, and Cellular and Multicellular Systems.

    Thrust 1 Faculty    
Eva de Alba Bastarrechea, Lead   
Roberto Andresen Eguiluz
Michael Colvin
Aaron Hernday
Andy LiWang
Patricia LiWang
Andrea Merg
Victor Muñoz
Tomas Rube
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Shahar Sukenik
Michael C. Thompson
 
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        Thrust 2 Faculty      
  Ryan Baxter
Daniel Beller
Wei-Chun Chin
Kinjal Dasbiswas
Sayantani Ghosh
Ajay Gopinathan
Linda Hirst, Lead
Kevin Mitchell
Maxime Theillard
Jing Xu
Tao Ye
 
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    Thrust 3 Faculty    
Roberto Andresen Eguiluz
Daniel Beller
Kinjal Dasbiswas
Xuecai Ge
Arvind Gopinath
Ajay Gopinathan
Bin Liu
Kara McCloskey, Lead
Suzanne Sindi
Joel Spencer
Fred Wolf
Stephanie Woo
 
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N/A

Thrust 1 Biomolecular Machines

Proteins are true cellular nanomachines that perform sophisticated biological functions by self-assembling into dynamic 3D structures that use thermal energy to change shape in response to specific stimuli. Amid their many functions, proteins make for excellent nanoscale instruments.


Thrust 2 Macromolecular Assemblies and Hybrid Devices

The high rate of discovery in nanotechnology is permitting us to realize nanomaterials with interesting new properties that can be used for building hybrid devices in conjunction with biomolecules. Here we focus on several of these applications.


Thrust 3 Cellular and Multicellular Systems

Cell and cell assemblies composed of multiple cells can exhibit striking emergent behaviors controlled by cell mechanics and cell-cell interactions.