CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND FACILITIES

Associate Professor Justinus Satrio works with a student in a lab.

In the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, exciting opportunities exist for students and faculty at all levels to address some of the Earth's greatest challenges. We consider it our mission as engineers to serve the common good, encompassing humanity and the natural world.

 

AREAS OF FOCUS

Biological Engineering encompasses traditional biochemical engineering (design of bio-based unit operations) and chemical engineering approaches to biomedical designs, such as protein engineering, systems biology, and cellular engineering. At Villanova, its applications include drug discovery and development, biomaterials and drug delivery, pharmaceutical processes, and biological and environmental systems.

Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Noelle Comolli, Dr. Jacob Elmer, Dr. Zuyi “Jacky” Huang, Dr. William Kelly

Grounded in socially responsible engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty focus their environmental and sustainability research on wastewater and hazardous waste treatment, alternative energies and biomass resources and conversion.

Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Vito Punzi, Dr. Justinus Satrio, Dr. Dorothy Skaf

Research is conducted in the use of nanomaterials as catalysts and adsorbents to engineer improved inorganic materials for energy storage and transformation.

Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Charles Coe, Dr. Rees Rankin, Dr. Michael Smith

 

 

 

CENTERS AND LABS

CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

NovaCell, the Center for Cellular Engineering, is leading efforts to improve cell and gene therapy products, and the bioprocesses used to make them.


 

 

 

RESEARCH FUNDING

Chemical and Biological Engineering research funding comes from:  

Air Products

GlaxoSmithKline

National Institutes of Health

National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals

National Science Foundation

RESEARCH REPORT

Dr. William Kelly stands with two students.

NovaCell Grant Supports Improved CAR-T Therapy Manufacturing

A grant from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals is supporting a NovaCell project under the leadership of Dr. William Kelly, professor of Chemical Engineering and NovaCell director. “A Transcriptome-based Model for Improved CAR-T Therapy” aims to improve cell growth rate, which is a limiting factor in CAR-T therapy research.

Villanova Engineer Investigating Potential Blood Substitute To Help Save Soldiers and Others Who’ve Been Badly Wounded

Villanova Engineer Investigating Potential Blood Substitute To Help Save Soldiers and Others Who’ve Been Badly Wounded

Dr. Jacob Elmer, associate professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is investigating a protein-based blood alternative that won’t require refrigeration and will match any blood type, making it ideal for emergency situations.

Dr. Jacky Huang’s Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering group.

Villanova Professor Publishes a “Model-Based Investigation of Cytokine Dynamics in Immunotherapies”

Dr. Jacky Huang’s Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering group published a paper in the journal Processes detailing a modeling-based strategy to combat cytokine release syndrome, which is a deadly side effect found in immunotherapy patients.