Rice University bioengineers conduct research in translational molecular imaging and diagnostics. Such efforts further develop compact, high-performance, point-of-care clinical tools for in vivo imaging; create novel nanoscale contrast agents for molecular imaging; enhance the effectiveness of focused ultrasound imaging using genetically engineered biomacromolecules as contrast agents; and build innovative hardware systems and enabling technologies for broad-based applications in basic biological and clinical research.
This research provides new insights into complex molecular and cellular dynamics, quantitative assessment of these processes to improve the early detection of disease, and the translation of nano-, micro- and macro-scale tools for targeted diagnostics and controlled treatment of diseases. High-impact areas of research are centered on fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and neurological, autoimmune, and genetic diseases. These projects leverage the department’s skills in nanobiotechnology with the basic science and translational strengths of Rice research institutes and centers, and with collaborators at the Texas Medical Center and around the world.
Laboratory for Structural Biomolecular Engineering