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Nanoscale Mechanics, Bio-inspired Hierarchical Structures, and Potential Applications

Phillip M. Messersmith is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his B.S. degree in biological sciences in 1985 and his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1993. Before coming to Northwestern University, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Emmanuel Giannelis at Cornell University, and three years as a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1994-1997). Dr Messersmith's research interests include bio-inspired synthesis of materials, polymeric biomaterials, tissue engineering, bio-mineralization, self-assembly and nanostructured materials. Current research projects include the design and synthesis of mussel adhesive protein mimetic polymers, peptide self-assembly, antifouling polymer surfaces, and development of novel biomaterials for regenerative medicine. Awards and honors include an NIH FIRST Award, Young Investigator Awards from the Whitaker Foundation and the 6th International Conference on Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues, and presentation of the 27th Annual Eugene Skinner Memorial Lecture at Northwestern University. Dr. Messersmith is a permanent member of the Bio-materials and Bio-interfaces Study Section at the National Institutes of Health.
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