Bioengineering Systems and Technologies
We seek to improve human health and performance, prevent injury and disease, and enhance rehabilitation and recovery with advanced bioengineering technology. Our work covers four broad technical areas: biomedical research, engineered and synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and forensic biology. We develop, prototype, and field-test advanced biomedical sensors, algorithms, and systems that help people monitor their health and avoid injury or illness. Our staff are developing tools and techniques to enable genome engineering and the study of human–microbiome interactions. Our bioinformatics research produces software tools for analyzing biological data. These analyses help us understand diseases at the cellular level and, in turn, help us develop diagnostic tools. Within the area of forensic biology, we are developing technologies to improve and expand how DNA can be used to identify individuals. Our group's work has broad applications for the health and benefit of the nation's military, law enforcement, and civilians.