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Faculty Detail    
Assistant Professor
Campus Address CHEM 291 Zip 1240
Phone  (205) 934-0974
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Primary  Chemistry  Chemistry Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Biochemistry and Structural Biology 

Research/Clinical Interest
Our research centers at the intersection of polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biomedical science. We focus on novel approaches in rational design, synthesis, and characterization of multifunctional polymeric materials as novel "smart" platforms of therapeutic value for controlled delivery and regenerative medicine, and for environmental application such as water clean-up. We apply bio-inspired strategies which involve synthesis and modification of water soluble macromolecules (synthetic and natural), and macromolecular assembly from aqueous solutions at physiological conditions. We investigate how the material chemistry translates into properties or structural/morphological changes of materials under various environmental conditions. Our expertise in cutting-edge polymer chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry is integrated with biology and materials science to cover various aspects of soft materials design and development. The strength of our interdisciplinary program provides the opportunity for students to be exposed to a broad range of analytical, optical, imaging, and scattering tools including the powerful state-of-the-art techniques used to address challenging problems at the atomic and molecular levels.

stimuli-responsive polymers, drug delivery, cell surface engineering, protein assembly at interfaces