Samuel I. Stupp, Director

Samuel I. Stupp

Samuel I. Stupp was named Director of the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Center for Regenerative Nanomedicine in 2012.  He joined the Northwestern University faculty in 1999, as Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry, and Medicine, and was appointed Director of Northwestern's Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine in 2000.

Professor Stupp’s laboratory, renowned for its work in regenerative medicine, has created a broad platform of bioactive and biomimetic materials that can be molecularly designed for regeneration of tissues and organs.  Targets of current interest include spinal cord and brain regeneration, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular regeneration including the heart, and regeneration of structural tissues such as bone, cartilage, and enamel.  In other biomedical research Stupp investigates the development of targetable supramolecular constructs that can be designed to deliver therapies to specific compartments of the body.

Professor Stupp is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Spanish Royal Academy.  He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the World Technology Network, and the World Biomaterials Congress. 

His awards include the Department of Energy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Materials Chemistry, Humboldt Senior Award, the Materials Research Society Medal Award, the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Award in Hong Kong, and the American Chemical Society Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry. 

Professor Stupp obtained his B.S. in chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University.  He spent the first 18 years of his career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was the Swanlund Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry, and Bioengineering.  Stupp’s external appointments include Joliot Curie Professor at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chemie in Paris, Merck-Karl Pfister Visiting Professor in Organic Chemistry at MIT, Visiting Professor at the Institut de Science et d'Ingenierie Supramoléculaires in Strasbourg, and he is currently Distinguished Professor of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.  In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from Eindhoven University for revolutionary research in complex molecular systems and in 2011 the National University of Costa Rica awarded Stupp an honorary doctorate.

CRN catalyzes new research in regenerative medicine using nanotechnology strategies.