Innovative Bioengineering Research at Dowling College
March 27, 2008
(Oakdale, N.Y.) Dowling College is becoming known as a center for innovative Bioengineering and Biotechnological research on Long Island and a team of Professors has now developed a new way of designing experiments for designing the media for fermentation process. The work, co-authored by Dr. Fred Rispoli of the Department of Mathematics and Dr. Vishal Shah of Biology Department, has been published in the journal Biotechnology Progress and the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.
The team reports the modification of the method used for the design of experiments that is widely used in pharmaceutical and other industries to suit the biotechnology industry. The modified method increases the reliability of the results and provides more information on the influence of different nutrient component on the production while reducing the number of experiments that one would need to perform. The research focused on finding the right combination of various nutrient ingredients for maximum production of an enzyme from fungi. Earlier last year, team of undergraduate students and Dr. Shah reported the process of making biosurfactants from restaurant waste oil.
These projects provide a unique opportunity to the undergraduate students to gain industrially and academically relevant research experience. Dr. Rispoli, Director of the new B.S. program in Applied Math feels, “The research we are carrying out will give the students who will enroll in the new program a chance to complement their learning with research experience.” Dr. Shah insists, “That by allowing students to be involved in peer-reviewed innovative research, graduates that are well grounded in both the theoretical and research aspect of the subject can be developed.”
The new program of B.S. in Applied Math, Bioengineering track will be offered starting Fall 2008. This new program is intended to train students in the application of the life sciences and mathematics to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, healthcare, and other fields. Upon completion, students may pursue careers in areas such as pharmaceutical research, industrial microbiology, and biotechnology. For further details on the program or research, please contact Dr. Fred Rispoli at rispolif(at)dowling.edu or Dr. Shah at ShahV(at)dowling.edu.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in several disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education. http://www.dowling.edu
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