Created by:
John M. Mesa, MD

Updated by:
Ross F. Goldberg, MD





University of Colorado at Boulder
Phone: (303) 492-3147
Fax: (303) 492-4341

Office-Mail Address
Department of Chemical Engineering,
ECCH 128
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0424


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Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, December 1994.
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (with Highest Distinction), Purdue University, May 1992.

Professional Research Experience:

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Aug. 2000 to present.
Patten Associate Professor. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Aug. 1999 to present.
Patten Assistant Professor. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Sept. 1998 to July 1999.
Assistant Professor. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Aug. 1996 to Aug. 1998.
Research Fellow. Dr. Robert Langer, mentor. MIT, Cambridge, MA. Sept. 1995 to July 1996.
Research Associate. Dr. Nicholas Peppas, mentor. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. May 1995 to Aug. 1995.
Research Assistant. Dr. Christian Decker, collaborator. Laboratoire de Photochimie des Polymeres, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, Mulhouse, France. July 1994.


2003 ASEE McGraw Research Award
2002 Hutchinson Teaching Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science
2001 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow
2001 Materials Research Society, Outstanding Young Investigator Awrd
2000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Assistant Investigator
2000 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
2000 Outstanding Graduate Advising Award, University of Colorado Graduate School
2000 Boulder Faculty Assembly Teaching Excellence Award
1999 Selected to the Technology Review 100 (investigators under 35 who will drive the future of technology)
1999 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award, American Society for Engineering Education
1998-2003 FIRST Award, National Institutes of Health
1998-2002 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
1998-2001 DuPont Young Professor Grant
1998-2001 3M Faculty Award
1998 John and Mercedes Peebles Teaching Innovation Award, College of Engineering
1998 Margaret Willard Award, University Women’s Club
1997-1998 Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award, Department of Chemical Engineering
1997-2002 David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
1997 Junior Faculty Development Award, University of Colorado
1996-2001 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award
1996 Unilever Award, Best PhD Thesis in Polymer Research, American Chemical Society
1995-1996 NIH National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship National Science Foundation Fellowship

Research Interests:

1) Biomaterials
2) Tissue Engineering
3) Photopolymerizations, and Degradable Polymer Networks