Dr. C. K. Pandiyarajan holds a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NC State University with Prof. Jan Genzer. He completed his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat. with ‘magna cum laude’ in April 2013) on the interaction of blood proteins and platelets with surface-attached hydrogels under the supervision of Prof. Jürgen Rühe, Department of Microsystems and Engineering (IMTEK), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. As a postdoc, he developed a versatile synthetic methodology to generate surface-anchored orthogonal gradient poly(N-alkylacrylamide) networks exhibiting continuous variation in crosslink density and modulus in two opposite directions. At present, he is working on the development of a random crosslinking model for surface-anchored networks in collaboration with Prof. Michael Rubinstein from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
His research goals are centered on the development of functional biomaterials/coatings for tissue engineering (TE), artificial implants, and medical device applications. He is also interested in understanding the physiochemical properties that govern the anti-biofouling character of polymer networks and brushes (mechanistic view on how proteins/cells arrive and attach onto the surface of a foreign material). At present, he is actively searching for a tenure-track faculty position in the biomaterials or closely related fields. LinkedIn.