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Invited Speakers

Timothy Deming

Timothy Deming



Bioengineering Department 

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

University of California, Los Angeles, California, 90095, USA


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Timothy J. Deming received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine in 1989, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993.  After a NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with David Tirrell, he joined the faculty in the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1995.  Here he held a joint appointment in the Materials and Chemistry Departments where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and Full Professor in 2003. His appointment is now as Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Los Angeles. He served as the Chairman of the Bioengineering Department at UCLA from 2006 to 2011. He is a leader in the fields of polypeptide synthesis, self-assembly of block copolypeptides, and use of polypeptides in biology, for which he has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Materials Research Society, and the IUPAC Macromolecular Division. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and recently received the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award.


Representative Publications

[1]     "Conformation directed formation of self-healing diblock copolypeptide hydrogels via polyion complexation". Sun, Y.; Wollenberg, A. L.; O'Shea, T. M.; Cui, Y.; Zhou, Z. H.; Sofroniew, M. V.; Deming, T. J.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 15114–15121. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08190

[2]  "Functional modification of thioether groups in peptides, polypeptides, and proteins". Deming, T. J. Bioconjugate Chem., 2017, 28, 691−700. Special issue: "Peptide conjugates for biological applications". DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.6b00696

[3]    "Astrocyte scar formation aids CNS axon regeneration". Anderson, M. A.; Burda, J. E.; Ren, Y.; Ao, Y.; O’Shea, T. M.; Kawaguchi, R.; Coppola, G.; Khakh, B. S.; Deming, T. J.; Sofroniew, M. V. Nature, 2016, 532, 195-200. DOI:10.1038/nature17623

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