Institute for Molecular Engineering
Aaron Esser-Kahn’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and materials science, using tools from each of these disciplines. He is currently working toward creating microvascular thermal and gaseous exchange units, using the knowledge derived from biology to replicate structures adapted for gas capture. He is also developing materials for reprogramming the immune system, through the use of tools from materials chemistry that create polymer facades designed to rewire the immune system toward desired targets. Finally he is exploring the creation of synthetic tissue scaffolds.
Esser-Kahn studied chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, he was an associate professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, where, in 2016, he was honored as an Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Young Investigator of the Year. This past year, he was the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the US government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers, as well as a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.