Collins Lab News
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biotechnology
and Interdisciplinary Studies
Welcome to the Collins Research Group!
Communities of microorganisms are ubiquitous in nature and play
important roles in processes that directly impact
human life, from environmental remediation, wastewater
treatment and assistance in food digestion to
biofouling, biofilm-related corrosion and
hospital-acquired infections. Our research program
focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of
microbial consortia and combines multiscale modeling
of biological networks (from gene to protein to
organism to community), metabolic and biochemical
engineering, synthetic biology and cell-cell
communication with the complexities of coexisting
communities of bacteria. Applications range from
engineering biosensors, to bioprocessing,
bioremediation and bio-energy production, and may also
include the development of therapeutics that
specifically target the balance between good and bad
bacteria in the human body.