Research in the Chundawat lab is focused on developing and applying protein and glycan engineering, bioprocessing, and advanced biophysical techniques to address fundamental engineering problems focused on three thematic application areas; 1-Waste Upcycling, 2-Accessible Healthcare, and 3-Biophysics of Life. We are broadly interested in studying the biosynthesis, bioprocessing, ultrastructural/molecular organization, structure-function relationships, and deconstruction of glycans (i.e., carbohydrates), glycan-based macromolecules (e.g., glycoproteins), glycan-derived biomaterials (e.g., renewable plastics), and glycan-enriched biomaterials (e.g., plant cell walls).
Overview of individual projects in each of the three application areas are summarized in the figure below.
For additional details, review individual project details via links below.
Major current and previous sponsors for Chundawat Research Group at Rutgers University include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Joint Genome Institute (JGI), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), and Various Industry Partners (e.g., Agilent, Endress+Hauser, Croda).