Chilkoti Group

The Chilkoti group carries out research in two areas: (1) Biomolecular Materials, with a focus on genetically encoded stimulus responsive peptide polymers and fusion proteins for application in protein purification and drug delivery; and (2) Biointerface Science, with a focus on protein-polymer conjugates, the development of low-cost, point-of-care clinical diagnostics, and plasmonic biosensors.


Seeking a research engineer to work in a multidisciplinary research team in the department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in the laboratory of Prof. Chilkoti under the supervision of senior scientists on the development of point-of-care in vitro diagnostics.  A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering and proficiency with CAD/CAM software, 3-D printing, biological assays, and microfluidics are desirable. Proactivity in executing/completing tasks, strong organizational skills, and ability to commit to 3 years or greater are also highly desirable. Compensation will be commensurate with skills and experience. Send a single pdf that contains cover letter, CV, and name and contact information of three references to

Recent Publications

K. M. Luginbuhl, Schaal, J. L. , Umstead, B. , Mastria, E. M. , Li, X. , Banskota, S. , Arnold, S. , Feinglos, M. , Alessio, D. ’, and Chilkoti, A. , One-week glucose control via zero-order release kinetics from an injectable depot of glucagon-like peptide-1 fused to a thermosensitive biopolymer, Nature Biomedical Engineering, vol. 1261126223413166524147, p. 0078, 2017.
S. R. MacEwan and Chilkoti, A. , Von der Zusammensetzung zur Heilung: ein systemtechnischer Ansatz zur Entwicklung von Trägern für Tumortherapeutika, Angewandte Chemie, vol. 129, no. 24, pp. 6814 - 6837, 2017.
I. Weitzhandler, Dzuricky, M. , Hoffmann, I. , Quiroz, F. Garcia, Gradzielski, M. , and Chilkoti, A. , Micellar self-assembly of recombinant resilin-like/elastin-like block copolypeptides, Biomacromolecules, 2017.

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