Principal Investigator

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Joel Kaar

Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), University of Pittsburgh, 2007
B.S. (Chemical Engineering), University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Curriculum Vitae / Google scholar

Joel Kaar is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder and currently serves as an Associate Chair in the department. Prior to joining the faculty at CU in 2010, he received his BS and PhD under Professor Alan Russell in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Medical Research Council Centre for Protein Engineering in Cambridge, England, in Professor Sir Alan Fersht’s group. He has held an MRC Career Development Fellowship (2008-2010) and received the US Army Young Investigator (2012), NSF CAREER (2015), CU Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty (2016), CU Provost's Faculty Achievement (2016) and CU Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Distinguished Performance (2019) awards.

Graduate Students

Evan Bisirri

Evan Bisirri

​Exploring Molecular Interactions through Single-Molecule Fluorescence Methods
B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), Drexel University, 2018
M.S. (Biomedical Engineering), Drexel University, 2018
Andres Felipe Chaparro Sosa

Andres Chaparro Sosa

Understanding and Developing Novel Biomaterial Surfaces Using Dynamic Single-Molecule Fluorescence Methods
B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Mississippi State University, 2015
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Hector Sanchez-Moran

Understanding Protein Surface Interactions with Biomaterial Surfaces through Single-Molecule Fluorescence Methods.
B.S. (Chemical Engineering), University of Salamanca, 2016.
M.S. (Chemical Engineering), University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2019.
Samantha Summers

Samantha Summers

Structure-Function Understanding and Engineering Cellulases for Pretreatment Conditions in Biofuel Production
B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Penn State University, 2013
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Albert Velasco Abadia

Development of immobilization methods by which functional enzymes can be incorporated into stimuli-responsive liquid crystalline polymer networks (LCNs) and elastomers (LCEs).
B.S. (Chemistry) University of Barcelona, 2019.

Visiting Researchers

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Sabrina Silva

B.S. (Chemistry), State University of Piauí (UESPI), 2008.
M.S. (Chemistry), Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (University of São Paulo), 2011.
PhD (Chemistry: Organic and Biological Chemistry), Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (University of São Paulo – USP), 2016.


Undergraduate Students

Yalin Liu

(2019 - Present)

Casey Kraft

(2017 - Present)