Daniel A. Hammer

Alfred G. and Meta A. Ennis Professor
Bioengineering (BE)
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)

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Honors and Awards:  Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research - 2004, AIMBE Fellow - 1997, Presidential Young Investigator Award - 1982

Research Expertise: Cellular Engineering | Bioengineered Therapeutics | Devices and Drug Delivery | Cell Mechanics

Dan applies his research in nanometric soft matter to his studies in biology. Working with colleagues, he has forged polymersomes, membranes made of block copolymers, which are soft, vesicle-like nanoparticles for drug delivery and imaging. Dan has also developed a simulation method of adhesion of receptor-coated nanoparticles to surfaces. The method, Brownian Adhesive Dynamics, once applied to viral binding to cell surfaces, is now being used to understand selectivity and targeting in biological applications of nanoparticles. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, having served as President for four years (2014-2017). ECA provides community-based energy efficiency services and assistance to low-income families throughout Philadelphia, the poorest of the ten largest cities in the United States.

Member of:

PhD Chemical Engineering 1987 - University of Pennsylvania
MSE Chemical Engineering 1985 - University of Pennsylvania
BSE Chemical Engineering 1982 - Princeton University

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