The discipline of biomolecular engineering focuses on the interface between molecular biology, biophysical chemistry, and chemical engineering — with the goal to translate our fundamental understanding of molecular biology into useful therapies, devices, and processes. Applications of this discipline include clinical medicine and developmental biology.
To support the community of scientists and engineers working at the forefront of this emerging discipline, SBE holds an annual International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering (ICBE). The 7th ICBE, which was held in January 2017, is the basis for the articles in this special section.
With such a broad and exciting discipline, there were many topics to choose from in designing this special section. Our guest editor, Jennifer Maynard, an associate professor and Laurence E. McMakin, Jr. Centennial Faculty Fellow in the McKetta Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, sought to create a collection of interesting, as well as promising, developments to invoke excitement around this emerging discipline. The topics covered also convey the breadth and depth of emerging areas of biomolecular engineering.
In the first article, “A Materials Approach to Vaccines as Therapies” (pp. 32–38), Christopher Jewell and Neil Dold of the Univ. of Maryland discuss the application of...
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