Jonathan S. Dordick
Howard P. Isermann Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.A., Biochemistry and Chemistry,
Brandeis University, 1980
M.S., Biochemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of
Ph.D., Biochemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of
Dordick joined the Rensselaer faculty as
the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1998 and
is also the Howard P. Isermann Professor. He spent nine years at
the University of Iowa. He joined their staff in 1987 as a member
of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and was
promoted to associate professor in 1991 and to full professor in
1994. He served as department chair from 1995 to 1998. He also served
as associate director of the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing
at the University of Iowa and held a joint position in the university's
Department of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry in the College
Dordick is the associate editor for Biotechnology
and Bioengineering (1996 to present), and is a member of the
editorial boards for several publications, including Enzyme and
Microbial Technology (1993 to present); the Journal of Industrial
Microbiology (1996 to 2000); the Journal of Environmental
Polymer Degradation (1996 to present); Metabolic Engineering
(2000 to present); and Biocatalysis and Biotransformations (1996
to present). He was the editor, patents and literature section,
for applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1990 to 1993),
and the associate editor, Biocatalysis and Biotransformations
(1992 to 1995).
Dordick was awarded the American Chemical Society
Iowa Section Award in 1998. He was elected a fellow for the American
Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 1996. In 1992,
he was the chair of the division of biochemical technology for the
American Chemical Society (ACS) and in 1991 was a delegate to the
U.S.-Korea Joint Symposium on Bioprocess Technology in Seoul. He
won the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
Award in 1989, the Faculty Scholar Award from the University of
Iowa in 1989 and received a NASA Technical Brief Citation in 1989.
He was the Old Gold Summer Fellowship winner for the University
of Iowa in 1988.
Dordick served as chairman of the division of
biochemical technology of the ACS in 1992, and presently he serves
on the scientific advisory boards for several biotechnology companies.
He is a co-founder of EnzyMed, Inc., a pharmaceutical and agrochemical
company; has published over 145 papers; and holds 21 patents.
Dordick's group is looking at ways to combine
biomolecules such as proteins, peptides, and nucleic acid into nanomaterial
networks. The group uses biocatalysis and biorecognition, for example,
to create nanotube-protein structures, which could be used as nanometer-sized
reactors for chemical/biological reactions. Dordick and his team
are also working to use self-assembly techniques to create new organic-inorganic
assemblies approaching biological complexity in architecture and
function. The knowledge gained by this research group is expected
to be important in such applications as tissue engineering, catalyst
arrays, heavy metal sensors, and 3D nanofabrication strategies for
electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials.
M.-Y. Lee and J.S. Dordick, "Enzyme
Activation for Nonaqueous Media," Current Opinions in Biotechnology,
13, 376-384, (2002).
S.J. Novick and J.S. Dordick, "Protein-Containing
Hydrophobic Coatings and Films," Biomaterials, 23,
Y.D. Kim, J.S. Dordick, and D.S. Clark, "Siloxane-Based
Biocatalytic Films and Paints: Versatile Coatings for Producing
Enzymatically Active Surfaces," Biotechnology and Bioengineering,
72, 475-482, (2001).
J. Kim, R. Delio, and J.S. Dordick, "Biocatalytic
Silicates as Active Enzyme-Inorganic Composites," Biotechnology
Progress, 18, 551-555, (2002).
D.-Y. Kim and J.S. Dordick, "Combinatorial
Array-Based Enzymatic Polyester Synthesis," Biotechnology
and Bioengineering, 76, 200-206, (2001).
A. Schmid, J.S. Dordick, B. Hauer, A. Kiener,
M. Wubbolts, and B. Witholt, "Industrial Biocatalysis Today
and Tomorrow," Nature, 409, 258-267, (2001).
J. Kim, T.J. Kosto, J.C. Manimala, E.B. Nauman,
and J.S. Dordick, "Preparation of Enzyme-In-Polymer Composites
with High Activity and Stability," American Institute of
Chemical Engineers Journal, 47, 240-244, (2001).
S.J. Novick and J.S. Dordick, "Investigating
the Effects of Polymer Chemistry on the Activity of Biocatalytic
Plastic Materials," Biotechnology and Bioengineering,
68, 665-671, (2000).
X. Wu, J. Kim, and J.S. Dordick, "Enzymatically
and Combinatorially Generated Array-Based Polyphenol Metal Ion Sensor,"
Biotechnology Progress, 16, 513-516, (2000).
M.A. Markowitz, P.R. Kust, G. Deng, P.E. Schoen,
J.S. Dordick, D.S. Clark, and B.P. Gaber, "Catalytic Silica
Particles via Templated-Directed Molecular Imprinting," Langmuir,
16, 1759-1765, (2000).
Jonathan S. Dordick, Ph.D.
Howard P. Isermann Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
102 Ricketts Building
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
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