Rebecca Schulman, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Schulman is an expert in developing programmable, active devices that self-assemble from DNA. Her group focuses on molecular electronic devices and tools for biological and biophysical research.
Schulman uses the point-to-point assembly technique to build and repair molecular circuits, and her work developing new classes of hydrogels that change form in response to specific biomolecular sequences (or codes) is paving the way for new kinds of biomedical devices, robots, and materials.
Schulman is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Department of Energy Early Career Award, the Turing Scholar Award, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award, and a DARPA Director’s Fellowship.