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Congratulations to our exceptional graduate students who are recipients of the 2021-22 ARCS Fellowship Awards!

John Holoubek, NanoEngineering
Colman Moore, NanoEngineering
Jiarong Zhou, NanoEngineering

Andrew Kleinschmidt, Chemical Engineering
David McBride, Chemical Engineering

ARCS Foundation fellowships reward excellence in research. Selection was based primarily on the exceptional promise to make a significant contribution to the advancement of science, and to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.  https://www.arcsfoundation.org/san_diego/

Nano News

Dr. Nicole Steinmetz and Dr. Jon Pokorski's article highlights the opportunities of molecular farming for manufacture of biologics and integration of materials science for delivery of such biologics in particular with a focus on world-wide distribution and application.

Ten professors at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, including our very own, Shirley Meng, Shyue Ping Ong, Joseph Wang, Sheng Xu and Liangfang Zhang are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, according to

Dr. Nicole Steinmetz and Dr. Jon Pokorski labs have developed fridge-free COVID-19 vaccines that are grown in plants and bacteria. In preclinical studies, the vaccine candidates demonstrated to be effective as a single dose and could be self administered as a patch.

Congratulations to the inaugural 2021 IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Medal recipient--Dr.

A research team, led by NanoEngineering professor Shaochen Chen, developed a 3D printer that can rapidly produce 96-well array of living human tissue samples within 30 minutes, which can accelerate drug development.

Members of the Jokerst Bioimaging Lab recently raised money to buy oxygen concentrators for the COVID-19 crisis in India. The trainees collected $750 that was then matched by another $750 from Dr. Jokerst.

NanoEngineering professors, Nicole Steinmetz and Jonathan Pokorski, were awarded a NIH grant (434,500 USD over 2 years) for the development of next-generation mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The team brings expertise in plant virus nanotechnology and polymer delivery technology.

Congratulations to Dr. Jinhye Bae, who has been selected by the US Chapter of the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE) as the recipient of the KIChE President Young Investigator Award 2021.

Dept News

These exceptional graduate students are recipients of the 2021-22 ARCS Fellowship Awards:

Congratulations to Dr. Darren H.S. Tan (Sustainable Materials and Energy Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Juliane R. Sempionatto (Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics), who recently received her Ph.D. in NanoEngineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Qiaowan Chang (Sustainable Materials and Energy Laboratory), who recently received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Irem Ustunol (Grassian Research Group), who recently received her Ph.D. in NanoEngineering.