2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

Hydrogels for Cell Encapsulation and Injectable Delivery via Peptide Folding and Consequent Self-assembly

Darrin Pochan

Darrin Pochan

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering Department
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
The University of Delaware.

Darrin Pochan is currently an associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department as well as the Delaware Biotechnology Institute at the University of Delaware. Since joining the department in 1999 after a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a National Research Council Post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD he has developed a research program around the contruction of new materials and nanostructures via molecular self-assembly mechanisms. The specific collaboration with the group of Prof. Joel Schneider in Chemistry/Biochemistry at UD concerning the design and self-assembly of .-hairpins into hydrogels for tissue engineering applications has, to date, led to over 10 publications and several patents and current funding from the National Institutes of Health. Recent honors for Darrin include an NSF Career Award, the DuPont Young Faculty Award, and the Dillon medal from the American Physical Society. Currently, Darrin also serves as Associate Editor for North America of Soft Matter, a new interdisciplinary journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom.

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