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Genetically Engineered Materials Science and Engineering Center

GEM MRSECPeptides are the workhorses of life, providing cellular and molecular communications, carrying out enzymatic reactions, controling material formation, and performing transport and motor functions. The overarching vision of the Center has been to combine the recent advances of molecular biology/genetics, engineering/nano/molecular technologies and computation/information science to create molecular biomimetics, a new paradigm in materials science and engineering. In this unique approach, while the molecular machinery of biology is used to carry out the molecular recognition and assembly, inorganics and synthetics are utilized towards functional hybrid molecular- and nano-structures in developing novel materials and systems, beyond what materials science has been able to achieve until now.