May 16: Two of the laboratory's senior graduate students received the two highest research awards of the University of Texas at Austin at the
Michael H. Granof University Awards for Excellence in Graduate Research and Education event at the Four Seasons hotel.
-- William Liechty received the Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award came with a crystal and a $10,000 grand prize. Bill is a NSF Fellow and a Gates Fellow who studied at Cambridge before joining UT. He was the UT representative to the Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting in Lindau, Germany in June 2011 and has participated in numerous national and international meetings. Bill's research is on "Development of Dual-Responsive Nanoscale Hydrogels
for Oral Delivery of Small Interfering RNA". He has
published nine papers (link) including the most downloaded paper in the history of
Annual Reviews of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (link) which he co-authored with Brandon Slaughter.
Brandon Slaughter received the Excellence in Graduate Research Award for Engineering and Natural Sciences. The award was accompanied by a $2,000 check. Brandon is the
third graduate student from the lab to receive this University-wide award. Last year's recipient was Bill Liechty, while the 2010 recipient was David Kryscio. Brandon is a NSF/IGERT and NSF Fellow who has done research at EPFL
in Lausanne with Prof. Melody Swartz. He has published four
papers (link) including the most downloaded paper in the history of Annual Reviews of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (link) which he co-authored with Bill Liechty and the highly cited "Hydrogels
in Regenerative Medicine" (link).
Anthony Lowman (PhD ’97) has been appointed Vice Provost for Research and Business Development of
Temple University in Philadelphia.
Alec B. Scranton was named the new Dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering. Alec is a graduate of our group (PhD '89) and worked on polymerization reaction engineering
Dr. Brenda Carrillo-Conde, a postdoctoral fellow in our group, was awarded the 2012 Karas
Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Mathematical,
Physical Sciences, and Engineering category at Iowa State
Professor Peppas has been elected a Corresponding Member of the
Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Spain (Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia). Established in 1737 by King Philip V, the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia is one of the Royal Academies of Spain linked through the Instituto de España and under the presidency of the King Juan Carlos I. The Academy has 50 Academicians and 173 Corresponding Academicians. The induction ceremony took place at the Academy building in Madrid, Spain on April 25, 2012 (link) and (link).
An article on drug delivery authored by William B. Liechty, David R. Kryscio, Brandon V.
Slaughter (all three NSF Fellows), and Nicholas A. Peppas is the most downloaded
paper in the history of Annual Reviews of
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (link).
Since 1985, the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of California at Berkeley has invited an outstanding researcher
from academy or industry to spend three days with us each year, during which he or she presents two lectures, the Berkeley Lectures in Chemical Engineering.
This year’s invited speaker was Prof. Peppas who presented two lectures on Monday and Wednesday, April 2 and 4, 2012. Their titles were: “Intelligent Biomaterials for Responsive Delivery of Therapeutic Agents” (link) and “Nanotechnology and Bioengineering in an Evolving Chemical Engineering World: The Next Generation of Recognitive Micro- and Nanodevices” (link).
Prof. Peppas gave an invited talk on “Advances in Hydrogels for Medical Applications” at the 6th International Symposium on Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems
held in Seoul, South Korea on March 14-17, 2012.
Professor Peppas was presented with the
Education Award in Biomedical Nanotechnology for his contributions to educate scientists and engineers in the field of Bionanotechnology. The award is sponsored by the Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute of the University of Miami. The presentation of the award took place at the Miami 2012 Winter Symposium, February 28. The 2012 meeting
was entitled Nanotechnology in Biomedicine and was organized by Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine and Nature Nanotechnology, in conjunction with the University of Miami Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Foundation, Inc. (link).
Nicholas Peppas presented an invited lecture on “The next generation of intelligent, recognitive medical micro- and nanodevices” at the Miami 2012 Winter Symposium organized by the journal Nature.
This is a premier conference in nanomedicine and the theme of
this symposium was Nanotechnology in Biomedicine.
His lecture was given on Tuesday, February 28
Two former graduates of the laboratory, Drs
Richard W. Korsmeyer and
Antonios G. Mikos were elected members of the
National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
-- Dr. Richard W. Korsmeyer (MS ’80, PhD ’83) is Senior Research Fellow and Head of Licensing, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences, of Pfizer, New London, CT. He was recognized
for pioneering work and leadership in the development of successful drug delivery formulations and medical devices (link).
Dr. Antonios G Mikos (MS ’85, PhD ’88) is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice university, Houston, TX. He was recognized
for advances in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biomaterials and drug delivery including the development of novel biodegradable polymers
Professor Peppas presented the UNC/Eisai
Distinguished Lecture in Drug Delivery titled "
Intelligent Biomaterials for Protein Delivery,
Molecular Imprinting and Recognitive Medical
Devices" at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and
the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC,
on November 14, 2011 (link)
Professor Nicholas A. Peppas has
been selected as the recipient of the 2011
Excellence in Surface Science Award of
the Surface in Biomaterials Foundation.
The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation is
dedicated to exploring creative solutions to
technical challenges at the BioInterface by
fostering education and multidisciplinary
cooperation among industrial, academic, clinical
and regulatory communities (link).
Each year the Surfaces in Biomaterials
Foundation bestows an award to a key figure in
the biomaterials field who has shown
considerable contribution in the Surface Science
field with emphasis on medical materials and
Dr. Peppas received the award at the 2011 Biointerface Meeting in Minneapolis on October
24, 2011, where he presented a plenary award
Prof. Juergen Siepmann of the
University of Lille France and Professor
Peppas have edited a special issue of
the International Journal of Pharmaceutics that
celebrates the 50th anniversary of the
publication of Professor Higuchi’s famous
equation (link). This seminal contribution by Takeru
Higuchi has guided pharmaceutical formulation
design for 50 years. This new IJP volume has
just appeared this month.
Professor Nicholas Peppas gave one of the three Centennial Lectures (link)
in the Centennial celebrations of the School of
Chemical Engineering of Purdue University on
October 7, 2011. In addition, Peppas and his
former colleague Phillip C. Wankat are the
authors of the second edition of the History of
the School which was published in October
(link). Peppas was a professor at Purdue from September
1976 till December 2002.
Professor Peppas presented an invited lecture titled
"Nanotechnology and Bioengineering in an
Evolving Chemical Engineering World: The Next
Generation of Recognitive, Intelligent Medical
Microdevices" at the Chemical Engineering
Department of ETH, Zurich on September 26, 2011 (link).
Nicholas A. Peppas has been
elected to the 2011 class of Fellows of
the American Chemical Society (ACS).
This is the third class of ACS Fellows and it
represents about 200 leading researchers in
chemical sciences. The ACS Fellows Program was
created in 2008 to recognize members of ACS for
outstanding achievements in and contributions to
science, the profession, and society. Induction
took place at the Annual ACS
meeting in Denver, CO on August 29.
The 2009 contribution on Micro- and
nanotechnologies for intelligent and responsive
biomaterial-based medical systems (Adv Drug Del
Revs, 61, 1391, 2009) by Mary Caldorera-Moore and Nicholas Peppas is the
most cited work published in the last two years
in the field of intelligent medical systems.
The 2003 contribution on Advances in
biomaterials, drug delivery, and
bionanotechnology (AIChE Journal, 49, 2990,
2003) by Robert Langer and Nicholas Peppas is the most cited work
published in the AIChE Journal in the last ten
years with 275 citations.
William Liechty received the
Excellence in Graduate Research award at the
Graduate School/University Co-op Awards for
Excellence in Graduate Education on May 18,
2011. The award includes a cash prize of $2000.
Bill was recognized for the “Development of
Dual-Responsive Nanoscale Hydrogels for Oral
Delivery of Small Interfering RNA”. Bill is a
NSF Fellow and was the UT representative to
the Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting in Lindau,
Germany in June. He is the second chemical
engineer in a row to receive this prestigious
award, David Kryscio having been last year’s
An article by Don Owens (PhD’ 07)
and Nicholas Peppas on
Opsonization, Biodistribution, and
Pharmacokinetics of polymeric nanoparticles is
the most cited paper in the International
Journal of Pharmaceutics in the past five years (link).
William Liechty was the winner of
the first prize for best paper in the Second
Biomaterials Day competition at Texas A&M on May
William B. Liechty has been
selected to attend the Lindau Meeting of Nobel
Laureates as a UT representative. In this
meeting Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics,
and physiology/medicine convene annually to have
open and informal meetings with students and
young researchers. At the meeting, that was held
June 26-July 1, 2011, the laureates lectured on
the topic of their choice in the mornings and
participated in less formal, small-group
discussions with the students in the afternoons
and some evenings.
Dr. Peppas gave a plenary
lecture on “Advanced siRNA and protein delivery
through smart hydrogels” at the Turkish Chapter
of the Controlled Release Society in Istanbul,
Turkey on June 2, 2011.
Dr. Peppas presented the Kurt Wohl Lecture at the
University of Delaware on April 29 (link).
Nicholas Peppas gave an
invited talk on Responsive Biomaterials and
Feedback-Controlled Medical Devices for Protein
Delivery, Molecular Imprinting and Microfabricated Systems at the National
Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials in
Chengdu, China, on April 2 (link).
Katie Maass, a senior chemical
engineer and research assistant in the Peppas
Lab for 2 years, was awarded a 5-year $250,000
Hertz Foundation Fellowship for graduate
research. This will allow her to pursue PhD
studies at MIT (link).
Dr. Peppas presented the Alkis
Payatakes Memorial Lecture at the
University of Houston on March 4 (link).
Dr. Peppas presented the Basore Distinguished Lecture at Auburn
University on February 23 (link).
Nicholas Peppas gave an
invited talk on New frontiers in drug delivery:
emerging applications in oral administration at
the Fifteenth International Symposium on Recent Advances in Drug Delivery Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 16 (link).
Dr. Peppas presented the Eugene W. Skinner and Eugene P. Lautenschlager
Memorial Lecture at Northwestern
University on February 10 (link).
Professor Peppas gave the Plenary
Lecture of the 10th Congress of the Sociedad Española de Farmacia
Industrial Galénica in Madrid, Spain on February 3
He talked about Advances in Protein Delivery
and Responsive Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems.
Nicholas Peppas was elected President of the Biomedical Engineering
Council of Chairs (link).
The group of Prof. Nicholas Peppas was
ranked second world-wide and first American in
the number of citations of work in the fields of
Pharmacology and Toxicology (including Drug
Delivery), cited between January 2000 and August
2010. They had been cited 3,372 times for their
work in these specific subfields. The data on
high-impact researchers in pharmacology and
toxicology were extracted from the Essential
Science Indicators (ESI) database of Thomson
Reuters®. In the current version of ESI,
approximately 294,900 author records were
surveyed to obtain these results. The group had
also 5 top papers published over the period.
Highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by total
citations in their field when compared with
papers published the same period.
Nicholas A Peppas was the
recipient of the 2010 BMES Distinguished Achievement
Lecture Award. The BMES Distinguished Achievement Award
is presented each year to a company, charitable foundation,
nonacademic institution or individual who has made great
contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. The recipient
is expected to deliver a plenary lecture at the BMES Annual Meeting
in the fall and to publish the text of the lecture in the Annals of
Biomedical Engineering. An important purpose of the lecture is to
offer a vision of the challenges and opportunities in biomedical
engineering. Peppas delivered his plenary lecture at the 2010
Biomedical Engineering Society’s Annual Meeting in Austin, on
October 7, 2010. (link)
Nicholas Peppas was the recipient
of the 2010 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award,
one of the most prestigious awards in biomaterials science
recognizing “excellence in research and development”. The criteria
indicate “... the awardee should be an undisputed world leader in
the field of biomaterials, whose accomplishments in discovery and
translation to practice are surpassing and known to all in the
field”. The award consists of a gold medal, plaque and a cash
honorarium. This award was presented at the 2010 Biomedical
Engineering Society’s Annual Meeting in Austin, on October 6, 2010.
Peppas is this year’s recipient of the C.
William Hall Award from the Society for Biomaterials.
This award honors members of the Society For Biomaterials who have
made a significant contribution to the Society and have an
outstanding record in establishing, developing, maintaining and
promoting the objectives and goals of the Society For Biomaterials.
Peppas was previously honored with the Society’s Clemson Award for
Basic Research (1992) and with its highest research recognition, the
Founder’s Award (2005). He received the C. William Hall award at the
2010 Annual SFB Meeting in Seattle, April 21-24.
Professor Nicholas Peppas is the
recipient of the 2010
Distinguished Scientist Award from the
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA).(link)
He is cited for pioneering contributions to biomedical engineering,
biomaterials, polymer sciences and drug delivery. The award was
presented to him at the SURA Board of Trustees meeting at Duke
University on March 10, 2010 and included a $20,000 honorarium. More
information about the award can be found here. (link)
Peppas received the 2010 Maurice Marie Janot Award.
This award is the highest European recognition in the field of
pharmaceutical sciences. It was established in 1986 by the European
Pharmaceutical Society APGI and it is sponsored by
Aventis Pharma. The award recognizes an international
researcher for the quality, innovation and pioneering impact of
his/her research work in pharmaceutical sciences over a ten year
period. The award was given on the occasion of the International
APGI Congress in Malta in March 2010. At the opening session of the
Malta meeting Professor Peppas gave the Janot lecture
Previous winners (link).
On Sunday, October 11, 2009, Professor
Nicholas Peppas was inducted to the
Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the
National Academy of Sciences along
with the IOM Class of 2008. Previously, he had
been elected to the National Academy of
Engineering (NAE). On Monday, October
12, 2009, the Class of 2009 of new IOM members
was announced. The class includes the former
student and postdoctoral fellow of Professor
Peppas, Professor Kristi Anseth of
the University of Colorado.
was named by the Academy of Medicine,
Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) as one
of Texas Leading Innovators. The
recognition was announced at the annual meeting
of TAMEST in Austin on January 6, 2011.
Professor Peppas presented an
invited lecture on Molecular and Cellular
Aspects of Transmucosal Protein Delivery at
the Collège de France in Paris. (link)
The Collège de France was
established in 1530 by King Francis I of France. The school's professors are chosen from among
the foremost researchers of the day, with no
requirement other than that of being at the top
of their fields. They are chosen from a variety
of disciplines, in both science and the
Peppas was featured as a chemical
engineering educator in the latest issue of the
Chemical Engineering Education
magazine of the ChE Division of ASEE. The
article was written by former students Professor
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, now Chair of Chemical
Engineering at the University of Florida, and
Christopher Bowman, now Associate Dean of
Engineering at the University of Colorado (link).
of Texas at Austin Department of Biomedical
Engineering is among a consortium of leading
research entities from across the United States
selected to receive up to $11.6 million from the
National Cancer Institute (NCI) to establish a
center to conduct innovative cancer research.
Nicholas Peppas is a co-PI of this
Peppas and former Ph.D. student
Irma Yolanda Sanchez, now a professor at
the Tecnologico de Monterrey, are featured in a
video about novel glucose-responsive insulin
delivery systems (link).
They received the 2008 Premio Rómulo Garza of
Mexico for this research (link).
Peppas was selected as the recipient of
the 2009 Alan S. Michaels Distinguished
Lectureship in Medical and Biological
Engineering at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology on April 3, 2009. (link)
The history and previous recipients of this
award can be found here. (link)
He spoke about "Recognition and Delivery: The
Next Generation of Medical Microdevices". A
Webcast is available here (link)
and a news article summarizing the lecture is
Former students and colleagues of professor
Nicholas Peppas presented him recently with the
March 2009 issue of the leading journal
Pharmaceutical Research (link)
which contained a Festschrift (link)
on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Edited by
Professor Mark Byrne of Auburn
and prefaced by Professor Antonios Mikos
of Rice University (link),
this issue contained 12 review and original
articles on bionanotechnology, biomimetics,
therapeutic conjugates and pharmaceutical
On Monday, October 13, 2008,
Professor Nicholas Peppas was
elected a member of the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) of the National
Academy of Sciences (link).
Previously, he had been elected to the
National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
Professor Peppas will be giving one of
the plenary lectures at the at the First Global
Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and
Biology to be held in Houston on February 7-10,
Peppas was appointed as the new Chair of
the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the
University of Texas at Austin (link).
gave the Kewaunee Lectureship in
the Biomedical Engineering Department of Duke
University of Durham, NC on April 23, 2009. (link)
was selected to the Academy of Chemical
Engineers of the Missouri University of Science
and Technology in Rolla, Missouri on
April 16, 2009. (link)
He presented two lectures on
"Recognition and Delivery: The Next Generation
of Medical Microdevices" and on "Addressing
Educational Problems in an Evolving, Global and
Challenging Chemical Engineering World" during
Professors Nicholas Peppas
and Don Paul were selected by the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
as winners of the 2008 Founders Award for
Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical
Engineering. In 2008, the Institute’s Centennial
year, AIChE also honored two more chemical engineers
with the Founders Award (Professors Morton
Denn of CUNY and Robert Langer of MIT). Presentation
of this award took place at the Institute’s
Honors Ceremony, held during AIChE’s 2008 Annual
Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in
Peppas, George Georgiou, Keith Johnston and
James Fair were selected as four of
One Hundred Engineers of
the Modern Era by the
Centennial Committee of the American Institute
of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) on the occasion of
the AIChE Centennial. Official presentation of
this award took place at the annual AIChE
meeting in Philadelphia in November 2008 (link).
The list of One Hundred
Engineers includes also five others
of Professor Peppas' collaborators: former
student Kristi Anseth, Distinguished
Professor at the University of Colorado, and
collaborators Robert Langer, Institute
Professor of MIT, Cato Laurencin, Dean
of Medicine and Vice President at the University
of Connecticut, David Edwards of Harvard
University and Buddy Ratner of the
University of Washington at Seattle. In
addition, his PhD advisor Ed Merrill and
postdoctoral mentor Clark Colton, both of
MIT, are included in the same list.
Nicholas A. Peppas opened the 11th Mediterranean Chemical Engineering
Congress in Barcelona, Spain on October 21, 2008.
He spoke about the Role of Chemical Engineering
in the Growth of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
On the occasion of his election to IOM, the
Controlled Release Society published
an interview of Professor Peppas
with the CRS Newsletter editors. The interview
covered numerous points related to the history
of the field and Peppas' contributions to the
rational design of drug delivery systems. It was
published in the January issue of this
Nicholas A. Peppas
opened the international meeting on Chemistry and
21st Century Challenges: Science and Innovation
in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 12, 2008.(link)
He spoke about the Design of Functional and Intelligent
Polymeric Carriers for Improved Cellular Transport
has been appointed Associate Editor
of the AIChE Journal effective
September 1, 2008 (link).
has been elected to the Board of the
Biomedical Engineering Society for the
period 2008-11 (link).
Nicholas Peppas was selected as the recipient
of the 2008 Pierre Galletti Award of the
American Institute for Medical and Biological
Engineering. The Pierre Galletti Award is considered
the most prestigious award in biomedical engineering.
Peppas was recognized "for seminal contributions
and visionary leadership in biomaterials science
and engineering, and for pioneering work on drug
delivery that has led to numerous biomedical products
or devices". (link)
Nicholas Peppas has
elected a Fellow of the American Society for
Engineering Education (ASEE) in recognition
of his commitment and excellence in engineering
education. The official induction took
place at the ASEE meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, on
Wednesday, June 25, 2008. (link)
Nicholas Peppas was elected a Fellow
of the Materials Research Society (MRS)
in the 2008 inaugural class of Fellows. This new
grade recognizes a few MRS members who are
notable for their distinguished research accomplishments
and their outstanding contributions to the advancement
of materials research, world-wide. The official
induction took place on March 26 during the MRS
meeting in San Francisco. (link)
At the 8th World Congress of
Biomaterials in Amsterdam (May 2008) Nicholas
Peppas was elected President of the International
Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and
Engineering. His term is from 2008 to 2012
The IUSBSE is a body that brings together national
and multi-national groups dedicated to the advancement
of biomaterials, surgical implants, prosthetics,
artificial organs, tissue engineering and regenerative
medicine. It currently includes members from Canada,
the United States, the European Union, China, Japan,
Korea, India, Australia and Latin America.
Nicholas Peppas has been selected as a Highly
Cited ResearcherSM by ISIHighlyCited.com
of Thomson Scientific and the Institute of Scientific
Information. Being acknowledged as a Highly Cited
Researcher means that an individual is among the
250 most cited researchers for their published articles.
Citation is a direct measure of influence on the
literature of a subject, and it is also a strong
indicator of scientific contribution, since it is
derived from pattern of interaction among millions
of published articles. (link)