Bioprocessing and Membrane Separations Lab

Research in the Bioprocessing and Membrane Separations Lab is focused on the purification of high value biological products and the application of membrane systems for bioseparations. This includes fundamental studies of membrane transport and fouling, as well as the application of these principles to the development of downstream processes for purification of recombinant proteins, gene therapy agents, and vaccines.

Current research focuses in the lab include:

  • Purification of conjugated vaccines using membrane systems
  • Ultrafiltration for formulation of monoclonal antibody products
  • Separation of DNA isoforms for gene therapy applications
  • Virus removal filtration for safe bioproducts
  • Continuous bioprocessing
  • Membranes for treating fracking wastewater

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Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574