Laura Hanzly, PhD

Full Time Lecturer

Bioengineering

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Education

2019Virginia TechPhD
2015University at BuffaloMS
2013University at BuffaloBS

Teaching

  • BNG 319 Chemical Methods in Bioengineering
  • BNG 426/526 Metabolic Engineering

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

A thermodynamics course concentrating on living organisms. This course examines energy and energy transformation in the biological world. It also discusses thermodynamic properties of different biological systems including ATP, proteins, and cells. Topics include energy and its transformation, the first and second laws of thermodynamics , the Gibbs free energy, statistical thermodynamics, binding equilibria, and reaction kinetics.

A thermodynamics course concentrating on living organisms. This course examines energy and energy transformation in the biological world. It also discusses thermodynamic properties of different biological systems including ATP, proteins, and cells. Topics include energy and its transformation, the first and second laws of thermodynamics , the Gibbs free energy, statistical thermodynamics, binding equilibria, and reaction kinetics.

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

Introduction to the biotransport phenomena in biomanufacturing systems and unit operations. Emphasis is placed on principles and applications of fluid and mass transport processes in bioreactors, cell, tissue and organ systems. Topics include fundamentals of diffusion and mass transport in and out of cells, immobilized catalysts and biofilms; principles and significance of chemical and biochemical reaction kinetics; and fluid and mass transport in pipes and culture vessels, as well as organs and medical and diagnostic devices.

Introduction to the biotransport phenomena in biomanufacturing systems and unit operations. Emphasis is placed on principles and applications of fluid and mass transport processes in bioreactors, cell, tissue and organ systems. Topics include fundamentals of diffusion and mass transport in and out of cells, immobilized catalysts and biofilms; principles and significance of chemical and biochemical reaction kinetics; and fluid and mass transport in pipes and culture vessels, as well as organs and medical and diagnostic devices.

Chemical principles and key concepts for bioengineers including chemical nomenclature, chemical syntheses, nucleic acid and protein chemistry, enzymology, metabolism, and others. Students will utilize the methods and concepts taught in this course for problem solving in biotechnology, biomanufacturing and the biopharmaceutical fields. This course also discusses manufacturing, validating, and using drugs, plastics, gels, polymers and fuels for biotechnology industry.

An engineering approach to microbiology and bio-based products. This course discusses cellular and organismal metabolic networks and the mathematical and experimental manipulation of those networks. The techniques of synthetic biology and metabolic flux analysis, core concepts in metabolic engineering, are focused on here.

An engineering approach to microbiology and bio-based products. This course discusses cellular and organismal metabolic networks and the mathematical and experimental manipulation of those networks. The techniques of synthetic biology and metabolic flux analysis, core concepts in metabolic engineering, are focused on here.

Introduction to engineering and computing with emphasis on development of problem solving skills through projects. The course is designed to increase the success of first year students. It includes an overview of majors in the college, and the importance of engaged learning. Team work, written and oral communication skills are covered. Ethical issues in engineering and computing are discussed.

Research

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Biomanufacturing

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