Director of Graduate Admissions
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Targeted Drug and Gene Delivery
- DNA Nanotechnology
- Biopolymers and Responsive Hydrogels
- Tissue Engineering
Efie Kokkoli, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a core researcher of the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT), is a targeted drug delivery specialist. She engineers innovative functionalized biomaterials for tissue engineering, and the targeted delivery of therapeutics to help transform methods of cancer treatment.
Kokkoli’s research focuses on DNA nanotechnology, multi-targeted gene and drug delivery, and the design of biopolymers and responsive hydrogels. Her team creates novel nanoparticles that have specificity for cancer cells, can respond to triggers such as temperature or pH, and are capable of carrying genes and cancer drugs to tumor sites while sparing healthy tissues. Her group also designs thermosensitive and biodegradable hydrogels that can be used for local delivery of therapeutics to different sites of interest, or as scaffolds for 3D cell entrapment.
Kokkoli started her academic career in 2001 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Polymer Science & Engineering. In 2003, she joined the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) and a graduate faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2018, Kokkoli was a professor, Shell Land Grant Chair, and the director of undergraduate studies in CEMS .
Kokkoli’s professional awards include the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the Institute of Technology Best Professor in CEMS Award, the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, and was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.
She received her Diploma in Chemical Engineering (1992) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, MS (1994) and PhD (1998) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Santa Barbara.