For Thrust 2, prof. Chaterji is a part of the Biological Engineering area of ABE and here is a portrayal of the area's highlights:
Biological Engineering includes modeling, instrumentation and hardware, and lab-scale and high-throughput experiments to modify cells and biological materials for applications relating to humans and other living systems. In addition, modeling can involve interrogating the genome of the organism and advancements in high-throughput tools ranging from sequencing to genome assembly. Our approach involves a combination of computational genomics, systems and synthetic biology, and experimental methodologies to create new entities and generate data and validate them through data analytics and further experimentation. All of these will rapidly advance and open opportunities in cell engineering, bioenergy and biofuel production, bioremediation, and biodefense.