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Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)

SBE is a global technological community that promotes the integration of engineering with biology and realize its benefits through bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications. SBE provides opportunities for interaction of engineers and scientists, develops products and services bring value to the broad biological engineering community, and infuses awareness of biological engineering among all functions and activities of AIChE.

Forest Bioproducts Division (FBP)

The Forest Bioproducts Division promotes knowledge sharing and networking on topics dealing with products obtained from forest resources and other lignocellulosic materials.

Kitchen Biochemistry – Fermented Foods

September 18, 2012
Fermentation once provided a valuable method of preserving perishable items, providing nutritious food throughout the year. Read more about these wonderful biochemistry...

Photo Highlights from 2015 Honors Ceremony

November 9, 2015
The 2015 Institute and Board of Directors’ Award winners were given at the Honors Ceremony at the Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. These are among AIChE’s most prestigious awards...

SBE Launches the Daniel I. C. Wang Award

April 17, 2012
The Society for Biological Engineering is happy to announce the launch of the Daniel I. C. Wang Award for excellence in biochemical engineering. This award is to show great...

December 2012 CEP Preview

December 10, 2012
This month CEP looks at biological chemical engineering, focusing on the intersection of nanotechnology and biology. In this month's preview your also have access to the full text...

Bioconversion of Methane

April 29, 2014
Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - Rewriting DNA Synthesis

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Emily Leproust
Traditional methods of DNA synthesis are slow and costly, and hinder the design-build-test cycle for creating optimal gene sequences and protein variants. This article presents a novel approach that will allow researchers to explore synthetic biology’s full potential.

2011 ICBE: Metabolic Modeling [On Location]

January 24, 2011
Costas Maranas from Pennsylvania State University and Herbert Sauro from the University of Washington each spoke about their research efforts to simplify and standardize genomic...

Advanced X-Ray Jump Starts Drug Design

January 24, 2012
The anti-cancer drug Zelboraf (vemurafenib) recently received FDA approval, but it was front page news when the drug, designed to disrupt malignant melanoma, was so successful...

Slideshow: 6th Annual ICBN

July 27, 2012
Nikala Gigliotti, an undergraduate in biomolecular engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, attended the 6th annual International Conference for Bioengineering and...

Arsenic: “King of Poisons” in Food and Water

May 15, 2013
For centuries, arsenic has been known to be a classic poison, causing deaths of many historic figures. While now just a murder-mystery cliché to many, arsenic is still actually...

Important Breakthrough in DNA Computing

October 28, 2014
DNA computing occurs at the intersection of molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry, and it promises an impressive leap in computing power if successful.

A Grad Student’s Right Decision

November 18, 2013
Learn how one grad student in biological engineering has increased his professional reach and enriched his career as a volunteer.

Possible Path to Vaccine for Flesh-Eating Bacteria

September 7, 2016
It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie: bacteria that feeds on human flesh. But the highly infection bacteria know has group A Streptococcu s is capable...

Talk About Rock Stars

April 15, 2010
George Whitesides We usually think of rock stars in the world of music. However, other fields have their own equivalent. And on Wednesday evening, April 7th, I had the wonderful...

The Evolution of Drug Delivery

February 19, 2014
Recent years have brought massive changes in drug delivery, and biological engineers are at the forefront.

Textiles Created from Cow Dung

July 28, 2016
Jalila Essaïdi considers herself an artist, but this young Dutch artist has a very scientific side, relying heavily on biotechnology to create work that often focus on nature, the...

May 2012 CEP Preview

May 11, 2012
This month's issue of CEP focuses on bio-based materials, looking at both the opportunities and challenges. You'll also find in this issue a guide to intellectual property for ChE...

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

May 8, 2014
Purdue's Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants' ability to purify air.

First-Ever DNA Sequencing Reference Tool Released

May 26, 2015
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has release the world’s first “yardstick” to help ensure the accuracy of human DNA sequencing. The new tool, known as...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology is growing in both interest and impact. This developing field combines techniques from such disciplines as genetic engineering, molecular engineering, systems biology, and computer engineering. The scientists and engineers who work in this field design and construct novel biological entities (e.g., proteins, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, etc.) and redesign existing biological systems.

2011 ICBE: Stephen Turner on SMRT Technology

January 26, 2011
Stephen Turner from Pacific Biosciences spoke as an invited speaker in the Biomolecular Probes as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Reagents Session. His company has developed single-...

Understanding Biotech Basics

August 9, 2011
Need to understand biofuels better? Thanks to an exhibit called Science in American Life at the National Museum of Natural History, you can. In this video, you'll meet four...

Tar Sands CO2 Emissions Could Feed Algae Biofuel

May 23, 2013
Canada is betting on carbon capture and storage (CCS) to reduce the environmental footprint associated with making fuel from oil sands, but one of the country's largest oil-sands...

Electric Fields Interrupt Cancer Cell Division

March 8, 2012
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the best known methods for treating cancer, but in this TEDTalk (see video at right), Bill Doyle discusses a new methodology: tumor...

Cellulosic Ethanol Production through Chemical Detoxification

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:30am-9:00am
Cellulosic ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass offers a sustainable solution for transition from fossil based fuels to renewable...

Genomatica: 15 Year Journey (and counting)

Conference Presentation
Metabolic Engineering Conference
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 10:00am-11:00am
As a founder and CEO, Christophe Schilling has led Genomatica from a developer of metabolic engineering tools to a position of leadership in biotech...

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