Associate Professor in Molecular Engineering
Our research interests lie at the intersection of biology, chemistry and materials science. We believe in using the tools from each discipline for the task at hand. Our group’s current research focuses on three projects that function as extensions of this philosophy. First, we are currently working toward microvascular thermal and gaseous exchange units. We are using knowledge derived from biology to replicate structures adapted for gas capture. Second, we are creating materials for reprogramming the immune system. Using tools from materials chemistry, we are creating polymer facades designed to rewire the immune system toward desired targets. Third, we are working towards creating synthetic tissue scaffolds.
Aaron was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He may tell you that he is from Detroit, but he is not. He attended the Cranbrook educational community from grades K-12. He traveled west to study chemistry at the California Institute of Technology where he first developed a taste for boundary breaking research in the Tirrell lab. After completing his degree, he traveled north to Berkeley for a PhD in chemistry as part of the collaborative Chemical-Biology Program and the Francis lab.
- Photothermal Nanoparticle Initiation Enables Radical Polymerization and Yields Unique, Uniform Microfibers with Broad Spectrum Light
- Light Guided In-vivo Activation of Innate Immune Cells with Photocaged TLR 2/6 Agonist
- Polyelectrolyte-Enrobed Cancer Cells in View of Personalized Immune-Therapy
- Cancer Cell Lysate Entrapment in CaCO3 Engineered with Polymeric TLR-Agonists: Immune-Modulating Microparticles in View of Personalized Antitumor Vaccination