Assistant Professor, Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s summa cum laude in chemistry from Harvard University and completed a master’s in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained his doctorate in chemistry with Matthew Francis, Ph.D., with an emphasis on protein bioconjugation chemistry and nanotechnology. In particular, he worked with self-assembled viral capsids as nanoscale scaffolds for applications ranging from drug delivery to light harvesting for artificial photosynthesis.
Prior to joining Arizona State University, Stephanopoulos completed postdoctoral studies with Samuel Stupp, Ph.D., at Northwestern University, at the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology. His work developed a new category of self-assembling peptide and peptide-DNA biomaterials for regenerative medicine, with an emphasis in neural tissue engineering.
As a member of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, Stephanopoulos will develop self-assembling protein-DNA hybrid molecules as building blocks for complex materials and nano-devices with applications in medicine, biology, and energy. His work seeks to mimic the complexity of biology and is highly interdisciplinary in nature, combining organic chemistry on protein surfaces, self-assembling peptides, DNA nanotechnology and biomaterials engineering.