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Aims and scope

Biological engineering is an emerging discipline that encompasses engineering theory and practice connected to and derived from the science of biology, just as mechanical engineering and electrical engineering are rooted in physics and chemical engineering in chemistry. Topical areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthetic biology and cellular design
  • Engineering of biomolecular and cellular devices
  • Bioproduction and bioproduct engineering
  • Ecological and environmental engineering
  • Biological engineering education and the biodesign process

Journal of Biological Engineering provides a home for the continuum from biological information science, molecules and cells, product formation, wastes and remediation, and educational advances in curriculum content and pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate-levels.

Manuscripts should explore commonalities with other fields of application by providing some discussion of the broader context of the work and how it connects to other areas within the field.

About the Editors

Prof Mark A. Eiteman is Professor of BioChemical Engineering and Microbiology at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA). He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Dr. Eiteman’s research interests are in the fermentation biotechnology with emphasis on microbial processes to generate fuels and chemicals. Through an understanding of microbial regulatory mechanism and redox balance constraints, his research goals are to develop strains and processes which maximize product formation. Recent products of interest include succinic acid, lactic acid, pyruvic acid and 5-aminolevulinate. Dr. Eiteman has a keen and broad interest in biological approaches to a variety of old problems, such as removing the microbial growth inhibitor acetic acid selectively from lignocellulosic hydrolysates and converting the resulting mixed sugar stream to a desired product. Through diverse research, he has authored over 80 peer reviewed articles in a wide range of journals, and has been awarded four U.S. patents.

Dr. Eiteman was instrumental in the founding of the Institute of Biological Engineering in 1995, and was elected Fellow in 2009 in recognition for service to the Biological Engineering community. He teaches a mass transfer course, as well as senior-level and graduate-level courses in biochemical engineering, separations and design. An academic engineering scientist for over 25 years, Dr. Eiteman is further fortunate to be continually grounded with a dose of reality by his wife, who is a fellow chemical engineering and employed in the private sector.

For more information, see Prof. Eiteman’s Lab website.

Prof Jeong-Yeol Yoon received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul (South Korea) in 1992, 1994 and 1999, respectively, under the guidance of Professor Woo-Sik Kim, in collaboration with Professor Jung-Hyun Kim, where he worked primarily on polymer colloids. He received his second Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles in 2004, working on lab-on-a-chip and biomaterials, under the guidance of Professor Robin L. Garrell. He joined Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering faculty in August 2004 and holds joint appointment in School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering and BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona. He is currently directing Biosensors Lab. Dr. Yoon is a member of IBEASABE and SPIE, and was Councilor-at-Large for IBE for 2010 and 2011 calendar years. He has recently been elected as President of IBE, and will serve as President Elect in 2014, President in 2015, and Immediate Past President in 2016. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Biological Engineering (IBE), Associate Editor for ASABE Journals; Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and  Resource Magazine (ASABE).

For more information, see Prof. Yoon's Lab website.

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