Aaron Esser-Kahn, Ph.D.


  • Associate Professor, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Committee on Immunology


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2009


Eckhardt Research Center
Room 373
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Phone (773) 834-4569


Our research interests lie at the intersection of biology, chemistry and materials science. We believe in using the tools from each discipline for the task at hand. Our group’s current research focuses on three projects that function as extensions of this philosophy. First, we are currently working toward microvascular thermal and gaseous exchange units. We are using knowledge derived from biology to replicate structures adapted for gas capture. Second, we are creating materials for reprogramming the immune system. Using tools from materials chemistry, we are creating polymer facades designed to rewire the immune system toward desired targets. Third, we are working towards creating synthetic tissue scaffolds.