Dan received his B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2014. He is now a Ph.D. student working in the lab of Dr. Stefan Zauscher at Duke University. Dan’s work focuses on the synthesis of biomolecular analogues for the purposes of lubrication and surface coating, with an aim to model lubricin—a component of synovial fluid that is known to be both lubricious and chondroprotective—using ELPs as a backbone for simplicity of production and purification. Furthermore, the use of cellular machinery will enable us to incorporate a variety of binding domains to customize the molecule to the surface of interest, whether it is tissue (cartilage, for example) or that of a device (such as a catheter or prosthetic).