John C. Crocker

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)

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Honors and Awards:  Popular Science Magazine Brilliant 10 Member - 2005, Packard Fellow - 2002

Research Expertise: Directed Self-assembly | Active and Soft Matter Physics | Cell Biophysics

John's research concerns the mechanical properties of small objects, ranging from single molecules to living cells. His nanotechnology work is centered on self-assembly, growing useful devices and structures from smaller parts in a biology-inspired, organic fashion. John uses DNA as a programmable adhesive, directing microscopic parts to spontaneously form a crystal-like ordered pattern. His lab has pioneered new methods for quantifying the mechanical response of both single molecules and cells to small forces.

Member of:

PhD Physics 1996 - University of Chicago
AM Physics 1992 - University of Chicago
AB Physics 1990 - University of Chicago

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