Environmental distribution, persistence, and biodegradation of chemical pollutants, Green chemistry synthesis of organic compounds by biocatalysis, Biodegradation pathways in bacteria for application to bioremediation, Environmental biotechnology related to marine, freshwater and subsurface ecosystems, Evolution and adaptation of microbial communities, Biochemistry, ecology, and molecular biology of environmentally relevant microbes, Discovery and characterization of bacteria that degrade synthetic organic compounds, Photobiological hydrogen production by cyanobacteria
Our research is in the areas of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, with a focus on bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics, and targeted therapy.
The focus of our research is the mechanics of hearing. In order to improve our fundamental understanding of the biophysics of hearing, we develop multiphysics computational models of the mammalian ear and simulate the response of the inner ear (cochlea) and middle ear to sounds as well as the emission of sounds by the ear (otoacoustic emissions). This research could result in better diagnostic tools for hearing pathologies and in new treatments and devices that restore hearing.