Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Brian Loyal and I am a biomedical engineer in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Biomedical engineers use math and science to solve problems related to health care, agriculture, and other important industries. In my case, this means dealing with life on a very small scale, especially molecules like protein and DNA. Biomolecules play an important part in all of our lives – they can mean the difference between health and sickness – but anyone who’s taken a biology class knows that they can also be very complicated. These difficulties often apply to biotechnology as well. Think about all of the pharmaceuticals with dangerous side effects, laboratory diagnostics with unclear results, and clinical trials that fail after millions of dollars of investment.
One question I’m interested in is this: Why does it have to be so hard? There are some good reasons why biotechnology is more complicated than, say, aerospace engineering (e.g. life is an inherently nonlinear system that organizes on multiple physical and temporal orders of magnitude). But I suspect that a bigger problem is organizational. What is the best way to develop new biotechnology products? How can we guarantee quality through design, manufacturing, and distribution? What should we expect of the end user? These are questions that other engineers have been grappling with for hundreds of years. With this in mind, it seems like those of us working in the life sciences have our work cut out for us.
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