Uhrich, Kathryn E.
Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1992
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Creation of biodegradable polymers (e.g., PolyAspirin) for biomedical applications, organic and polymer synthesis of biologically relevant materials.
Chemistry, chemical biology, pharmaceutical science, biomedical engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, biomaterials.
Memberships and Professional Service
Post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993-1995; researcher in the division of Lithographic Materials and Chemical Engineering, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1992-1993; researcher in the Corporate Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company, 1990; researcher for the Energy Research Center, 1984-1986.
Kathryn during her graduate work at Cornell, 1991.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Blavatnik Award from the NY Academy of Science, 2007; ACS Buck-Whitney Award, 2005; Outstanding Scientist - New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research, 2004; Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award: Medical/Technology Transfer - New Jersey R&D Council, 2003; Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2003; National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2000-2004.
Academic Interests and Plans
The focus in my laboratory is on the synthesis and characterization of biocompatible polymers for medical and dental applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering. My research program encompasses three main projects: 1) hyperbranched, water-soluble polymers that encapsulate, then release, hydrophobic drugs; (2) polymers that biodegrade into aspirin-like components to locally reduce inflammation and pain; and (3) micropatterned polymeric substrates for evaluation of nerve cell growth mechanisms.