Timothy Deming

Timothy Deming


Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

4121C Engineering V

Email: demingt@seas.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 267-4450
Fax: (310) 794-5956

  • polymer and materials synthesis
  • biomedical applications of polypeptide materials
  • emphasis on application of chemical principes toward aforementioned ends
  • use of biological precedents and strategies for the design of new materials
Research in the Deming group is focused on synthesis, processing, characterization and evaluation of biological and biomimetic materials based on polypeptides. These materials are being studied since they can be prepared from renewable resouces, they can be biocompatible and biodegradable, and possess unique self-assembling properties. We utilize innovative chemistry techniques to synthesize materials with properties that rival the complexity found in biological systems. The polymers are then processed into ordered assemblies, which are characterized for both nanoscale structure as well as biological function. This interdisciplinary approach stimulates innovations and ideas which direct this research into new, exciting areas.
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine, 1989
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • Postdoctoral research associate with Professor David A. Tirrell. Research involved biocatalytic synthesis and evaluation of polypeptides containing artificial amino acids. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 1993-1995
  • Professor, Materials and Chemistry Departments, Interdepartmental Program of Biomolecular Science and Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA., 1995-2004
  • Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair, 2016
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2010
  • Herbert Newby McCoy Award for The Greatest Discovery of the Year in Chemistry & Biochemistry (with Tom Mason), UCLA Chemistry Dept, 2008
  • Samsung – IUPAC Macromolecular Division “Young Polymer Scientist Award,” 40th IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecular, 2004
  • Young Investigator Award, Materials Research Society, 2003
  • Rothschild and Mayent Foundation Fellow, Institut Curie, Paris, 2002
  • Camille Drefus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2000
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 1999
  • Beckman Young INvestigator Award, 1998,
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1998
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 1996
  • lbright-Toqueville Distinguished Chair Award 2015-2016
  • Fulbright Scholar 2015-2016
  • Professeur Invité, University of Bordeaux, France 2012
  • Bioengr 298:  Advanced Bioconjugation Techniques (Spring quarter)
  • Bioengr C105 / C205:  Biopolymer Chemistry and Bioconjugates (Fall Quarter)
  • Bioengr C107 / C207: Polymer Chemistry for Bioengineers (Winter Quarter)