Department News Archive:


q-bio Summer School 2016

The q-bio Summer School (qbss) will be hosted at CSU July 11-23rd, 2016. The 2016 qbSS in Fort Collins will include a much greater emphasis on, and allotment of time for, course projects. Visit the q-bio summer school website here for more information


New Grant for Snow Group

The Snow group has secured a new grant from the Biomaterials Program in the Division of Materials Research in the National Science Foundation. The general goal is to design new materials by encoding the assembly of building block proteins. This award is cofunded by US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center. The intended crystalline biomaterials are so precisely organized that they will diffract X-rays, allowing high-resolution determination of the molecular structure details. While there are many possible applications for such materials, the research will focus on (1) determining the extent to which the position of constituent building blocks can be programmed, and (2) assessing applications for the protein crystal pore network. Specifically, the project will produce and characterize close-packed hexagonal arrays of nanowires that may form useful ultra-high surface area materials for catalysis or battery applications. Porous protein crystals may also offer advantages as multifunctional delivery materials, combining high capacity with the possibility of extensive nanostructure control.



NSF Grant for Chris Snow

A recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to Colorado State University with an intended total amount of $350,000.00. This project, entitled "Highly Parallel Synthesis of Nanostructures Inside Crystalline Protein Scaffolds," is under the direction of Christopher Snow. The award is effective Sep. 01, 2014.
This is a 3-year CMMI Nanomanufacturing grant, a collaboration with Chris Ackerson in the department of Chemistry. A grand challenge in nanomaterials manufacturing is the reliable, scalable, and reproducible production of metallic nanostructures. Full story here

Fulbright Scholar


Dr. Brad Reisfeld has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Through the Fulbright award, he will teach and conduct research at the Center of Excellence for Environmental Health and Toxicology at Naresuan University in Thailand during the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Reisfeld's research will focus on the development and use of biologically-based models to systematically investigate the
disposition of chemicals associated with the cause and treatment of diseases with risk factors that make them highly significant to the people of Thailand. The news was announced by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


ARPA Award

A Colorado State University team, including assistant Professor Ashok Prasad as co-PI, was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy. The project involves using synthetic biology to enhance the engineering of plants for bioenergy production. The other team members are biology professor June Medford (as P.I.) and research assistant professor Mauricio Antunes (also as co-PI). The grant was part of 66 projects chosen from a national competition as part of ARPA-E's "OPEN 2012" program. Announcing the winners, energy secretary Steven Chu said in a press release that "The 66 projects selected today represent the true mission of ARPA-E: swinging for the fences and trying to hit home runs to support development of the most innovative technologies and change what’s possible for America’s energy future." The CSU team's project was chosen from among more than 4000 submissions. More here


Ashok Prasad Awarded CAREER Grant

Chemical and Biological Engineering professor, Ashok Prasad, was awarded a five year CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, starting September 1 2012, to study how stem cells respond to the geometry and topography of their environment, and how these physical cues can direct stem cell differentiation into different cell types.
CAREER grants are described by the NSF as “the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations”. 



Matt Kipper - Muscoskeleton Transplant Foundation Award

Matt Kipper, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering, has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Muscoskeletal Transplant Foundation to take his discovery to the next level and test it using bone allografts. Allografts are bones that are donated through tissue banks and used to replace large segments of missing bone following massive limb trauma or tumor surgery. Kipper, who is in the College of Engineering, will work with Dr. Nicole Ehrhart in the Animal Cancer Center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, on the research.

“These types of implants have a high incidence of failure, related to healing where that implant was put in. Sometimes failures occur years after the implant procedure,” Kipper said.
Full story here

ChemE Car Team competing at Nationals this weekend


AIChE National Student Conference is being held in Minneapolis Oct 14-18th, and the CSU-CBE Cheme Car team will be competing in the National ChemE Car competition.
The CSU team of 11 engineering students has been planning and working on their car, named Murphy, for three semesters. The team’s car is constructed of a carbon-fiber composite material and milled aluminum and it runs off a hydrogen fuel cell. To be ready for the competition, the team, comprised of chemical and mechanical engineers, must not only design the car, but also test it, collecting data in advance to know how the car runs under different conditions.


News from Dr. Reisfeld's group:

Dr. Mike Lyons, a Research Associate in Dr. Reisfeld's Research Group, was recently awarded a Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. This five year, $617,298.00 grant will support development of a project entitled "Optimal Drug Regimens for TB: An Integrated Computational/Experimental Approach". Dr. Anne Lenaerts (Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology), Dr. Raymond Yang (Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences), and Dr. Reisfeld will serve as principal mentor and co-mentors, respectively, on this grant.


Todd Zurlinden, a graduate student in Dr. Reisfeld's group, was recently awarded a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Student Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency. This prestigious award will allow Mr. Zurlinden to pursue research with Dr. Reisfeld in the area of "Environmental Public Health Indicators for Organophosphorus Insecticide Exposure".





Nick Fisk - Boettcher Investigator


On June 1st the Boettcher Foundation annouced that John D. (Nick) Fisk has been awarded one of only five 2011 Boettcher Investigators as part of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, which helps recruit, retain and advance scientific talent in Colorado. The honor comes with a three-year, $200,000 grant.
More details here


Department Awards and Accolades:

Annual CBE Department Awards
May 11th, 2011

CBE Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant - Todd Zurlinden (student nominated)

CBE Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant - Zeyu Sun (faculty nominated)

CBE Outstanding Professor - Dr. Travis Bailey (student nominated)

Congratulations to you all!

Engineering Days Awards:
April 15th 2011

Dr. Travis Bailey - E-Days Best Professor Award, student nominated award

E-Days Awards for Chemical and Biological Engineering:

First Place: Lab-On-A-Chip Diagnostic Biosensor
Second Place: Production of 1,3 Propanediol from Glycerol using genetically engineered E. Coli
Third Place: Algae to Ethanol via Enzymatic Hydrolysis

AIChE Regional Student Conference
April 16th, 2011

The ChemE Car team took 1st place in the ChemE Car competition with the newly designed car "Murphy". They will be heading to the AIChE National Student Conference in November to compete against teams from all over the country.

National Society of Leadership and Success Awards:
April 20th, 2011

Dr. Matt Kipper won the Excellence in Teaching award from the student organization National Society of Leadership and Success at the awards ceremony on April 20th, 2011.


2011 CURC Awards Ceremony:
April 21st, 2011

Tyler Cote, a junior CBE undergraduate student won the College of Engineering (COE) Honors award for his poster: "High Density Plasma Simulator for Applications  in High EnergyPlasma Physics and Plasma 

Tyler also won a University High Honors award for the poster "High Efficiency Thermoelectric Coolers for use 
in Firefighter Applications.”

Elie Schuchardt, a junior in CBE won COE High Honors for her poster: "Rheological Characterization of Hydrogel Carboplatin Delivery Vehicle."





NSF Sponsored Workshop Sept 13-17th

Professor David Wang is co-organizer of a NSF-sponsored workshop on Mathmatical Modeling and Computer Simulations in Soft Materials. The workshop will take place September 13-17, 2010 at Colorado State University. Additional information can be found at the workshop's website




Fluorescent Light to ID Contaminants

Professor Ken Reardon, working in tandem with Cenergy, the university’s vehicle for commercializing innovative clean and renewable technologies, has created OptiEnz Sensors LLC to develop, manufacture and sell the biosensors, which rely on fluorescent light to identify contaminants.

"With these devices, contaminants such as melamine, gasoline, solvents and nerve agents can be measured without pretreating the sample with other chemicals" Reardon said.

Click here for full story

7/8/2010: New story regarding this research featured in the Coloradoan and on click here




Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award for Nick Fisk

Professor Nick Fisk has received a grant from Grand Challenges in Global Health to develop a phage particle that can detect a protein found in urine of active Tuberculosis patients. The two-sided phage particle will detect the presence of the TB protein and also trigger a signal that can be easily detectable.

Grand Challenges in Global Health is a family of grants programs focused on one unifying purpose: To overcome persistent bottlenecks in creating new tools that can radically improve health in the developing world. Nick's is one of 78 new global health projects to receive Grand Challenges Explorations grants in May of this year.



Jonathan Robinson: Chemical and Biological Engineering Senior named Colorado State University Student Employee of the Year

Jon is a student scientist performing research with Dr. Arthur Mayeno and Dr. Brad Reisfeld. Robinson also co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article with Mayeno and two other researchers, which appeared in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling in 2009.

"I know of very few undergraduates who are capable of performing such high-level and meticulous work," Mayeno said. "For this article, Jonathan performed the calculations, created nearly all of the figures and tables, and contributed to the text, while proofreading and data-checking." Full story


Renewable Biobutanol Fuel from Beetle-killed Pine, Testing at Colorado State University

FORT COLLINS - Cobalt Technologies, the leader in commercializing biobutanol as a renewable chemical and fuel, today announced a breakthrough in producing biobutanol from beetle-killed lodgepole pine feedstock. Cobalt, based in Mountain View, Calif., is the first company to produce a drop-in replacement for petroleum and petrochemicals from beetle-affected lodgepole pine. To evaluate the fuel’s viability for commercial vehicles, the company has signed a fuel testing partnership with Colorado State University. Full Story click here



Matt Kipper receives prestigious CAREER Award

Dr. Matt J. Kipper recently received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious award, The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Dr. Kipper’s project “Development of complex polysaccharide nanostructures via electrostatic self-assembly” is a combination of research and educational efforts that will develop technology to tailor the assembly of complex nanostructured materials from polysaccharides. Full story...



More Congratulations....

College of Engineering Awards,
May 12th, 2009

At the College of Engineering Awards three of the faculty in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering were honored!

We're very proud to announce the following awards:
Dr. Travis Bailey - Abell Outstanding Teaching & Advising Faculty Award

Dr. Qiang (David) Wang - Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Ken Reardon - College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award

Congratulations to you all!


Department Awards

Presented Friday May 8th, 2009

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards presented to Justin Weaver and Jing Zong (student and faculty nominated)

Outstanding Graduate Research Award presented to David Grzenia (faculty nominated)

Outstanding Teacher Award presented to Matt Kipper. (student nominated)




With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. David Dandy has led an interdisciplinary team in the successful development of a novel integrated optical waveguide biosensor platform. Recent laboratory results are so compelling that the premier micro-analytical methods journal, Lab on a Chip, will feature the work as the cover article in its August 7, 2009 issue. more


Dr. David Wang receives prestigious CAREER award



Dr. Qiang (David) Wang recently received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious award, The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Dr. Wang’s project “Towards Rational Design of ‘Smart’ Surfaces from Two-Component Polymer Brushes” deftly integrates education and research; involving training of students, developing new courses at CSU, and workshops for high school science teachers. More...


CSU ChemE Car Team place 1st at Regional Competition -

Chemical and Biological Engineering hosted the Rocky Mountain Regional Student Conference Feb 27th and 28th. The conference was a great success, with students from nine schools attending and students competing in the Paper, Poster and ChemE car compeitions. Congratulations to the CSU ChemE car team on taking 1st place and qualifying for the National Competition to be held in Nashville in November. (more pictures)



Ken Reardon Secures $3m NSF Award

The NSF grant will establish the Integrated Graduate Education in Biorefining and Biofuels Program and will support the education of up to 45 doctoral students over the next five years in everything from environmental assessment (greenhouse gas impacts) to fuel engineering and plant biotechnology. Colorado State will provide an additional $600,000 for graduate teaching assistants and tuition premium. Full Story, click here


Department Awards

At the Celebrate Colorado State luncheon on April 29th, Tim Gonzales was recognized for his contributions to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Tim Received the Distinguished Administrative Professional Award.
Congratulations Tim!

The College of Engineering recently held its annual Awards ceremony, and Claire Lavelle was awarded an Outstanding Staff Award for her contributions to the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Congratulations Claire!



Dr. Travis Bailey wins Best Teacher Award!

Dr. Bailey will be honored at the Best Teacher Award Dinner on Friday April 4th at 6:30pm. in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

The teachers are nominated by students and alumni and are selected by a committee comprised of members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Student Alumni Connection Leadership Council. This was Travis' third consecutive year to be nominated, and his first win.


Senior Wins Paper Competition at AIChE Regional Competition

Alex Leonard competed in the paper competition at the AIChE Rocky Mountain Regional Student Conference held at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, Sat March 8th.

His paper titled "Synthetic Routes to Photoactive Nanostructured Hydrogels" won first place. Alex's adviser is Dr. Travis Bailey.





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