Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering (Thesis)
  • Master of Science in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering (Non-Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Program Description

The graduate program in quantitative biosciences and engineering brings together faculty across the Mines campus working on diverse areas of biology to educate students, with at least a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science, in the diverse field of biology. Biology deals broadly with life on this planet, the human organism and its health, and harnessing biological processes to produce fuels, chemicals, and consumer products. Thus, biology in general and human health and well-being in particular are important application areas for virtually all other areas of science, technology and engineering. This is reflected in the fact that any academic discipline exists today with a bio-prefix, such as biophysics, biochemistry, bioengineering, mathematical biology, computational biology, systems biology, structural biology, biomedicine, biomaterials, biomechanics, bioinformatics, biological chemistry, geobiology, environmental biology, microbiology to name just a few. Similarly, health is included in many labels, e.g. digital healthcare, health economics, health informatics. Educating students at the interfaces of biology, health and engineering with other disciplines is a primary goal of this program.

Many departments at Mines jointly administer this cross-departmental program in interdisciplinary biosciences. The program co-exists alongside strong disciplinary programs, in chemistry and geochemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering and metallurgical and materials engineering, civil and environmental engineering, economics, geology and geological engineering and geophysics, and thus draws from the strengths of these programs through close links and joint courses. For administrative purposes, the student will reside in the advisor’s home academic department. The student’s graduate committee will have final approval of the course of study.

Fields of Research

Research at Mines in this rapidly growing field currently includes but is not limited to the following general areas:

·        Laser Design and Imaging

·        Biofuels and Metabolic Engineering

·        Omics and Systems Biology

·        Environmental Toxicology and Microbiology

·        Biosensors and Devices

·        Biotechnology

·        Biomechanics

·        Biofluid mechanics

·        Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

·        Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials

·        Physical Biochemistry

·        Biophysics and Analytical Methodology Development

·        Digital Healthcare

·        Mathematical Biology

More than 45 faculty members across the Mines campus participate in this program, which will in the future also involve faculty of nearby collaborating institutions and scientists from the biotech/healthcare industry.

Advising Faculty

Joel Bach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Cecilia Diniz Behn, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Steven Boyes, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Nanette Boyle, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

John Bradford, Professor of Geophysics

Kevin Cash, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Anuj Chauhan, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dylan Domaille, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Christopher Higgins, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Judith Klein-Seetharaman, Associate Professor of Biosciences and Engineering

Melissa Krebs, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Lokender Kumar, Research Assistant Professor of Physics

Amy Landis, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Karin Leiderman-Gregg, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Terry Lowe, Research Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

David Marr, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Christine Morrison, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Steve Pankavich, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Tony Petrella, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Petruska, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Matt Posewitz, Professor of Chemistry

James Ranville, Professor of Chemistry

James Rosenblum, Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Susanta Sarkar, Assistant Professor of Physics

Josh Sharp, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Anne Silverman, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dendy Sloan, Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

John Spear, Director of Biosciences and Bioengineering

Jeff Squier, Professor of Physics

Blake Stamps, Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Amadeu Sum, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Brian Trewyn, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Shubham Vyas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Hua Wang, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Kim Williams, Professor of Chemistry

Xioli Zhang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Teaching Faculty

Linda Battalora, Teaching Professor of Petroleum Engineering

Kristine Csavina, Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Laura Legault, Teaching Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Cynthia Norrgran, eaching Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Josh Ramey, Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Jeffrey Schowalter, Teaching Professor of Electrical Engineering