Whiting School of Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

ChemBE Career Network

Drug Delivery, Biomaterials, & Tissue Engineering

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty at The Johns Hopkins University is at the forefront of drug delivery, tissue, and biomaterials research and discovery. Research on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced biomaterials is currently being conducted in diverse areas, including:

  1. Cancer detection, therapy and prevention.
  2. Biomaterial-cell interactions in applications such as tissue engineering, advanced stem-cell culture, biosensors, and targeted drug delivery via the blood.
  3. Advanced drug delivery, ranging from polymeric aerosols that carry life-saving drugs to cationic polymer/DNA self-assembled nanocomplexes that deliver DNA to specific tissues for in vivo gene therapy.
  4. Genetically-engineered polymers for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.
  5. Cellular biopolymers and their role in cell migration and cancer metastasis.

Representative Images

Participating Faculty

Sharon Gerecht
David Gracias
Konstantinos Konstantopoulos
Denis Wirtz


Shyam Biswal: School of Public Health, JHU
Jennifer Elisseeff: Biomedical Engineering, JHU
Kevin Yarema: Biomedical Engineering, JHU
Michael Yu: Materials Science & Engineering , JHU

Representative Publications

  1. R. Fernandes, D. H. Gracias, Self-folding polymeric containers for encapsulation and delivery of drugs, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 64, 1579-1589 (2012) [Invited] Part of a special themed issue, "Emerging Micro- and Nanotechnologies for the Development of Novel Drug Delivery Devices and Systems"..
  2. "Hyaluronic acid hydrogel for controlled self-renewal and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells." Gerecht S, Burdick JA, Ferreira LS, Townsend SA, Langer R, and Vunjak-Novakovic G. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. 104:11298-11303 (2007).
  3. "Microrheology and ROCK signaling of human endothelial cells embedded in a 3D matrix," P. Panorchan, J.S.H. Lee, T.P. Kole, Y. Tseng, and D. Wirtz, Biophysical Journal 91: 3499-3507 (2006).

.Nano and Micro Technology

.Cell and Molecular Biotechnology

.Interfacial Phenomena

.Computational Biology and Functional Genomics

.Molecular Thermodynamics

.Drug Delivery, Biomaterials, and Tissue Engineering