THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Professor Jin Kim Montclair
New York University
Monday, August 29, 2018
Seminar will be held in MR-1307 (Marshak Building) at 2:00 PM
Reception will be held in Steinman Hall, Exhibit Room – 1st Floor
From 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Intelligent Protein Engineered Biomaterials
Inspired by nature’s biopolymers, our lab focuses on engineering “intelligent” protein materials with entirely new properties and function. In particular, we have fabricated protein-derived nanomaterials: coiled-coil fibers and helix-elastin block polymers. We investigate the fundamental self-assembly and molecular recognition capabilities of these systems. More importantly, we are able to harness these structure as well as others to interface with small molecule therapeutics, genes, cells and inorganic metals. Central to this work is the integration of stimuli-responsive domains through rational design.
Jin Kim Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has appointments in Biochemistry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Chemistry at NYU and Biomaterials at NYU College of Dentistry. Professor Montclare is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She exploits nature’s biosynthetic machinery and evolutionary mechanisms to design new artificial proteins. Her lab focuses on two research areas: (1) developing protein biomaterials capable of self-assembling into supramolecular structures and (2) engineering functional proteins/enzymes for particular substrates with the aim of targeting human disorders, drug delivery and tissue regeneration. Among her many honors and awards are the ACS WCC Rising Star Award, Agnes Faye Morgan Research Award from Iota Sigma Pi, Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering Fellowship, American Chemical Society PROGRESS /Dreyfus Lectureship, the Dreyfus Special Grants Program Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the Wechsler Award for Excellence, the Othmer Junior Fellow Award, the National Institute’s of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.