The main goal of this course is to provide the fundamentals to appreciating the fascinating field of biochemical engineering and the role of a chemical engineer plays in bringing about this technology. The course weaves concepts and fundamentals common to various aspects of research in biochemical engineering such as:
- the analysis of transport phenomenon in biological systems (i.e. immobilized cell or enzyme systems, artificial organs, drug delivery systems)
- construction and solution of mathematical models describing reaction networks (biosynthetic pathway)
- genetic engineering techniques applied to microorganisms, animals, and plants
- exploring the cellular machinery and process by which biological products are synthesized by the cell, including topics such as genomics, proteomics, metabonomics.
In addition, we will explore current topics in biochemical engineering which applies the above common fundamentals such as metabolic engineering, tissue engineering, and transgenic animals/plants.