Dr. David Gracias named as an 2021 APS Fellow (Oct 2021)

Please join in congratulating Dr. David Gracias for being named as an 2021 APS Fellow.

Such Fellows are recognized for having “made advances in physics through original research and publication or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.” His citation reads “For the elucidation of fundamental concepts and the development of methods to self-fold bio-, micro-, and nanomaterials by mismatch strain, differential swelling, and capillary forces.”

Click here to see the announcement from from Ed Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean.

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.

Ph.D Students:Upcoming Training sessions at the Johns Hopkins Translational Immunoegneering center (Dec 2020)

The field of Immunoengineering combines the diverse and complex fields of engineering and immunology and is transforming patient treatment in cancer, autoimmunity, regeneration, and transplantation. There is a significant need for training of engineers in immunology and for training immunologists in quantitative engineering techniques. Moreover, there is need to bridge basic immunological discoveries with advances in clinical application. This course will review the fundamentals of the immune system and its components, engineering strategies to modulate the immune system, and clinical applications. You can also view our flyer about the event.

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