The CurtisLab operates as a biochemical engineering laboratory, working to change the world by applying bioprocess design and optimization towards energy conversion, environmental remediation, and medically relevant bioproducts with particular emphasis on realizing scaleable, low-cost solutions.

The hallmarks of CurtisLab include bioreactor design, process control, and molecular biology, predominantly applied to the field of plant biotechnology. An important principle of CurtisLab is its conviction to support undergraduate research at Penn State.

Current research focuses in the lab include:

  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Cellulosic Fuels
  • Algae Biofuels
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Membrane Protein Expression
  • Environmental Remediation

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The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574