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The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Research Areas

Protein Molecular Engineering

  • Protein separation, purification and characterization
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Drug mechanisms
Alla Kostyukova with her students looking at a figure on a computer monitor
Dr. Alla Kostyukova working with her graduate students (l to r): Alla Kostyukova, Tanzila Islam, Garry Smith, Kyle Swain, and Thu Ly

[Top photo: Dr. Dmitri Tolkatchev working with graduate students Kyle Swain and Thu Ly in Alla Kostyukova’s research lab]


  • Birgitte Ahring – Microbiology, biomass conversion to biofuels and high-value bioproducts
  • Haluk Beyenal – Biofilms
  • Wen-ji Dong – Cardiac muscle biology and mechanics, protein chemistry and engineering, fluorescence techniques, computer modeling, nanoscale biosensor design and engineering
  • Neil Ivory – Electrofocusing, forensic microelectrophoresis, nanochannel separations, diagnostic microfluidic devices, microchannel sample preparation
  • Alla Kostyukova – Regulation of actin dynamics by actin-binding proteins, protein structure and protein-protein interactions, protein engineering, circular dichroism
  • Bernie Van Wie – Biotechnology including biosensors and bioanalytical devices, cell and tissue culture, engineering education research
  • Xiao Zhang – Biomass chemistry, biomass conversion to bioproducts and bioenergy