Jin Montclare, PhD
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Inspired by nature’s biopolymers, Dr. Montclare’s group is engineering artificial protein materials with entirely new properties and function. Her team employs synthetic and chemical biology to construct our materials and endow them with stimuli-responsiveness. In particular, they have fabricated protein-derived nanomaterials: coiled-coil fibers, helix-elastin block polymers, and supercharged coiled-coil•lipid complexes (or lipoproteoplexes). The group investigates the fundamental self-assembly and molecular recognition capabilities of these systems. More importantly, they are able to harness these structure as well as others to interface with small molecule therapeutics, genes, and cells.
Dr. Montclare received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Fordham University, before joining Yale University for her M.S. degree and Ph.D. research in bio-organic chemistry. Prior to joining NYU-Tandon, Montclare was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Among her many honors and awards are a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, na American Chemical Society PROGRESS /Dreyfus Lectureship, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award. In addition she was recently elected a Fellow of the AIMBE and the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute.