The Biomedical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin fosters a culture of innovation where critical thinking and creativity through research, leading toward the improvement of disease diagnosis and treatment.
Advances in health care are driven by individuals with interdiscplinary education and training that spans the fields of engineering, biology, and high-performance computing. Our goals include educating undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of engineering and science as they relate medicine and performing multidisciplinary, disease-oriented research at the molecular and cellular levels.
Understanding Cell Functionality to Treat Disease
Professor Jeanne Stachowiak examines the system of molecules that drive cellular membranes to curve and theories about the physical processes that are responsible for assembly of curved membrane structures during diverse cellular events such as uptake of drugs and pathogens, wound healing, and cell division. Cellular membranes' ability to curve is critical to health. Generally, cellular membranes curve to form membrane compartments that take up proteins and nutrients from their surrounding environment. If there are disruptions and mutations to this process, disease occurs. Read more...