T. Kyle Vanderlick is the Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University and the Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Professor of Engineering. She received her B.S. (’81) and M.S. (’83) degrees in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her Ph.D. (’88) from the University of Minnesota. After a one year NATO post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany, she joined the faculty in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. In 1998 she joined Princeton University and became Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2004. In January 2008, Vanderlick took the helm as Dean of Engineering at Yale University.
Noted for her research in interfacial phenomena, currently centered on biological and synthetic membrane-based materials, Vanderlick received the Presidential Young Investigator Award (’89) as well as the prestigious David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (’91). She is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the highest such honors at both Penn (1993 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching) and Princeton (2002 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching). As Dean of Engineering, she led the establishment of the new Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, and is directing new initiatives in both teaching and research to shape the School’s distinctive identity and its premier role in engineering education.
The theme of my research is focused on understanding and exploiting the function of natural cells, including cell signaling and energy conversion, by creating synthetic versions of the natural cells. These artificial cells are fabricated by various engineering approaches, including electroformation of GUVs, droplet based bilayer, soft lithography and planar lipid bilayer formation from air-water interfaces. I got my Ph.D., Master of Philosophy and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. Before coming to Yale, I obtained a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Nanjing University, China.
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Following my PhD work I currently investigate DNA-driven self assembly of phospholipid nanodisks. In contrast to our groups work on using DNA as molecular glue to hitch together liposomes and/or polymersomes into novel “multi-cargo” superstructures to create drug delivery systems, the nanodisks are used to create new materials. By combining the stacked disks with gold particles we can create nano-wires.
Another part of my research focuses on the biophysics and bioengineering of hybrid systems between microorganisms and liposomes and/or polymersomes. We use the microorganisms as little motors giving the liposomes a more directed movement instead of diffusive.
After obtaining my bachelor in Chemistry (University of Amsterdam), I studied for a Masters degree in Bio-molecular Sciences at the same university. I then completed my PhD in Biophysics at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF; Amsterdam), studying DNA-driven assembly of micron-sized colloids.
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