Dean Ho is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Full Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University where he directs the Laboratory for Nanoscale Biotic-Abiotic Systems Engineering (N-BASE).
His research has covered emerging areas of bio-nano-technology and protein-functionalized materials. Dr. Ho has been among the first to demonstrate the coupling of protein function with a polymer film to fabricate nano energy conversion systems. This work is the subject of his recently published article in Nanotechnology (Cover Article) as well as a featured article in Nanotechnology that was downloaded over 1000 times which was among the top 10% of all downloaded Institute of Physics (IOP) publications. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the areas of bio/chemical energetics, biotic-abiotic interfacing, as well as developing novel solar power sources.
Currently, Dr. Ho is investigating the fabrication of glucocorticoid-functionalized materials as anti-inflammatory coatings to enhance implant bio-compatibility, as well as using nanowires and nanotubes as neuronal interrogative modalities. Dr. Ho's extensive research achievements have garnered news coverage in Nature, MICRO/NANO , as well as BBC Radio. Dr. Ho is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business and a member of Sigma Xi. He was recently honored by the New Faces of Engineering National Award as a first runner up presented by IEEE.