Kari L. Clase

Director, Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science (BIRS) Center
Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering



Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Purdue University
B.S., Biochemistry, Old Dominion University

Professor Clase has been director of the Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science Center since its establishment. The mission of the center is to develop global programs to ensure sustainable access to medicines for Africa and developing nations, and to advance discovery in manufacturing technology, quality of medicines, and rare disease research. We accomplish this mission through innovative knowledge-based programs in STEM areas with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Our vision is based on four guiding concepts:

(1) Science and technology advance rapidly and it is important to develop policies and guide the development of therapeutic applications within a regulatory environment that ensures safety;

(2) Biotechnology is the technology of biological molecules and establishing innovative technologies for the characterization and manufacture of biological molecules is vital;

(3) Developing knowledge leading to innovative therapeutic applications and regulatory strategies including informing regulatory guidances for biologics and other biomolecules is critical; and

(4) Advancing educational initiatives that are consistent with our mission and can eventually be incorporated into academic offerings within the Department of Technology, Leadership, and Innovation.

We administer the biotechnology innovation and regulatory science concentration of the MS in Technology Leadership & Innovation degree.

In addition, Professor Clase' s lab investigates the mechanisms controlling neural cell proliferation and differentiation within brain tumors through proteomic and metabolic analysis. She is also interested in bringing grand challenge research problems into the classroom to engage students in the process of research and help them learn in an authentic interdisciplinary context. In order to facilitate this process, she explores the use of emerging technologies for learning and building collaborative communities. She currently teaches multiple courses covering topics in biotechnology, bioinformatics, biological design and drug discovery to engineers, scientists and technologists. 

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