Our lab's main research focus is on two areas: Bioencapsulation and Biostabilization
In the bioencapsulation field, we focus on using silica-based gels to encapsulate enzymes, mammalian cells and bacteria for a variety of applications in biomedicine and biotechnology. Understanding the cell-gel interactions, optimization of the gel properties and enhancing its cytocompatibility, while ensuring that the technologies we develop in the lab can rapidly be translated into industrial use are our main goals. Currently, our main focus is on; 1) encapsulating bacteria for bioremediation of herbicides and hydrocarbons from water, and 2) encapsulation of mammalian cells for phenotype-based cancer cell isolation.
In the biostabilization field, we focus on understanding macromolecule-ice interactions in freezing, and lyophilized pharmaceutical formulations, mainly using low temperature FTIR and Raman spectroscopy techniques. We also focus on understanding the thermodynamics and kinetics of biostabilization with specific emphasis on development of efficient and alternative stabilization and storage technologies.
Baris's work to published in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology.
Jonathan will give a talk at the 2015 Battelle Bioremediation Symposium in Miami in May 18-21.
Jonathan and Baris will present at the 2015 Northeast Bioengineering Conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in April 17-19.
Mutlu et al. 2015 in this month's issue of Chemical Engineering Journal.