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Inspired by Biology: From Molecules to Materials to Machines
Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, both at Harvard University. She was previously a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories/ Lucent Technologies. She received her B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in structural biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her research interests are in biomaterials and biomimetics. Dr. Aizenberg’s select honors include the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS); Industrial Innovation Award, ACS; New Investigator Award in Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues; Arthur K. Doolittle Award of the ACS; Award of the Max-Planck Society in the field of Biology and Materials Science. Dr. Aizenberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Annelise E. Barron is associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. She received her B.S. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, both in chemical engineering. She was an NIH-NRSA postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research program involves the development of protein and peptide mimics based on biostable foldamers as well as novel materials for genetic analysis on microfluidic devices. She is a member of the advisory committee to the director of the NIH and serves on the NIH Synthetic and Biological Chemistry B study section. Dr. Barron’s honors include the DuPont Young Professor Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Beckman Young Investigator Award.
Ken A. Dill is professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and biophysics and associate dean of research for the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Dill earned S.B. and S.M. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. His research group uses computational biology and statistical mechanical modeling to explore proteins, their physical properties, and their folding processes, in addition to the structure and properties of water. Dr. Dill has served as president and councilor of the Biophysical Society, councilor of the Protein Society, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society (APS). He currently chairs the Public Affairs Committee of the Biophysical Society. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the APS, the Institute of Physics, and the Biophysical Society, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for Physical Biology, Protein Science, Protein Engineering, Biopolymers, Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, and Structure. Dr. Dill is the founder and codirector of the Bridging the Sciences Coalition, which brings together 16 basic research societies representing