7/15 – 1/16 Vice-Chair, Undergraduate affairs, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA
7/05 – present Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA
7/04 – present Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA
7/06 – 6/11 Chairman, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA
7/06 – 12/08 Chairman, Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Graduate Program, UCLA
7/03 – 6/04 Professor, Materials and Chemistry Departments, Interdepartmental Program of
Biomolecular Science and Engineering, UCSB
7/99 – 6/03 Associate Professor, Materials and Chemistry Departments, Interdepartmental Program
of Biomolecular Science and Engineering, UCSB
1/96 – 6/99 Assistant Professor Materials and Chemistry Departments, UCSB
3/95 – 1/96 Assistant Professor, Materials Department, UCSB
11/93-3/95 Postdoctoral research associate with Professor David A. Tirrell, Polymer Science and
Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts,
8/89 - 10/93 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA
9/85 - 6/89 BS in Chemistry (magna cum laude), University of California, Irvine, CA
Fulbright Scholar - Fulbright-Toqueville Distinguished Chair Award 2015-2016.
Professeur Invité, University of Bordeaux, France 2012.
Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) 2010.
Herbert Newby McCoy Award (UCLA Dept. of Chem. & Biochem.) 2008.
IUPAC Macromolecular Division, Samsung-IUPAC Young Scientist Award 2004.
Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award 2003.
Rothschild and Mayent Foundation Fellow, Institut Curie, Paris 2002.
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award 2000.
3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 1999.
Beckman Young Investigator Award 1998.
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 1998.
National Science Foundation CAREER Award 1997.
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator 1996.
University of California, Regents Junior Faculty Fellow 1996.
Unilever Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry 1994.
2019, Organizer, Symposium on Design, Synthesis, and Engineering of Polypeptides for Biological and Biomedical Applications, PMSE Division, ACS National Meeting, San Diego.
2017, Organizer, Biomacromolecules round table discussion, ACS National Meeting, Washington DC.
2017, Organizer, Symposium on Polymers at the Interface with Biology, POLY Division, ACS National Meeting, Washington DC.
2016, Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Bioinspired Materials, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.
2015, Organizer, Symposium on Synthetic Biopolymers, Pacifichem, Hololulu.
2014-present, Associate Editor, Biomacromolecules.
2014, Organizer, Symposium on Polypeptides in Nanomedicine, POLY Division, ACS National Meeting, Dallas.
2014, Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Bioinspired Materials, Maine.
2014, International Advisory Committee member, IUPAC World Polymer Congress, Thailand.
2013-present, External Advisory Board member, NSF-PREM center, Texas State University San Marcos
2012, Organizer, Symposium on Glycopeptide Polymers, POLY Division, ACS National Meeting, San Diego.
2011, Head of Steering Committee and Lead Organizer, 6th DFG-NSF Research Conference on Bioinspired Design and Engineering of Novel Functional Materials, New York.
2010-present, Faculty Advisor, Los Angeles Student Chapter of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
2010-present, Editorial Advisory Board, Biomacromolecules.
2009, Program Chair, First International Conference on multifunctional, hybrid, and nanomaterials, Tours, France.
2007, Organizer, Symposium on Polypeptide and Protein Materials, PMSE Division, ACS National Meeting, Boston.
2006, Technical Program Chair, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) National Meeting, Los Angeles.
2006-present; member, Johnsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA.
2005-2009, Editorial Advisory Board, Soft Matter.
2004-2011, member, Materials Creating Training Program, NSF IGERT.
2002-present, Editorial Advisory Board, Macromolecular Bioscience.
2003-2006, Editorial Advisory Board, Macromolecules.
2000-2005, Editorial Advisory Board, Biopolymers.
2003, Organizer, Symposium on Biological and Bio-Inspired Materials Assembly, MRS Fall Meeting, Boston.
2003, Polymer Science demonstrations for Washington School students (5th and 6th grade, SB, CA).
2001, Presentation and Polymer Science demonstrations for Redwood Middle School students (7th and 8th grade, Thousand Oaks, CA).
2000, Organizer, ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry Symposium, ACS National Meeting, San Diego.