Dr. David Gracias named as an 2021 APS Fellow (Oct 2021)
Derek van Dyke and Philippe Baron win ARCS/MWC Scholar awards (June 2021)
Two ChemBE Hopkins students, Derek van Dyke and Philippe Baron have won ARCS Foundation Metropolitan Washington Chapter (MWC) Scholar awards for 2021 for their contributions to advance science. ARCS/MWC supports five top area universities: JHU, GW, Georgetown, U. Va and U.MD. They have provided over $7.6 million in over 600 Scholar awards since their founding.
Derek van Dyke was named as an ARCS/MWC PhD Scholar. His Ph.D. research in the Spangler lab focuses on combining structural biophysics, molecular engineering, and translational immunology to engineer antibodies that can be used as targeted therapeutics. His current focus is on the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and multiple sclerosis. This research has broad translational impacts and aims to overcome the drawbacks of current therapies and significantly improve quality of life for patients.
Philippe Baron was named as an ARCS/MWC UG Scholar. His undergraduate research in the Bevan lab focuses on understanding how to form highly ordered nanostructures without any topological defects. The goal is to produce photonic materials that can interact with light in a controlled way. This ability makes them useful in many products, e.g., improving solar cells that will help combat climate change, or developing color-changing consumer products such as coatings.
Sam Schaffter Wins Dirks Prize (Schulman Group) (April 2021)
Samuel W. Schaffter (PhD JHU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Schulman group, 2020) has received the 2021 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize, which recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher who has not yet accepted a tenure-track position. Dr. Schaffter received a $4000 prize and gave a public (virtual) lecture to more than 100 researchers at the Foundations of Nanoscience Conference on Wednesday, April 13, 2021. Dr. Schaffter’s award cited his important contributions to the design of dynamic molecular networks, or circuits, for new materials capable of sensing and adapting to biomolecular signals in the environment and for his design of a chemical feedback system that he showed could increase the robustness, and adaptability of a crystal growth process.