Jeorg Lahann, PhD

Wolfgang Pauli Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, Biointerfaces Institute
Co-Director, Institute of Functional Interfaces, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Developing breakthrough bioengineering technologies to impact the lives of patients suffering from disease.

Dr. Lahann’s focus centers on the intersection of chemistry, biology and medicine.  In true interdisciplinary nature, much of his works stems from understanding what doctors need to treat their patients, then creating the bioengineering technologies—particles, surfaces and structures—from the molecular level to accomplish the task.

Dr. Lahann has worked with doctors to design two technologies on a path revolutionizing translational cancer research—a synthetic polymer surface that grows stem cells into new cells and a weblike scaffolding that allows researchers to grow a patient’s cancer cells into a sample large enough to test treatments on.  Dr. Lahann is now working with the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies to use pluripotent stem cells and grow brain organoids, or “mini-brains,” complete with cerebral spinal fluid to study the effectiveness of ALS treatments.


  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Saarland, Germany, 1993
  • M.S., Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 1995
  • Ph.D., Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 1998


Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2021
  • Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award, University of Michigan, 2020
  • College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2011
  • College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, University of Michigan, 2010
  • AIChE Young Investigator Award, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum, 2007
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2004

Top Publications

  • J. Gregory, P. Kadiyala, R. Doherty, M. Cadena, E. Ruoslahti, P. Lowenstein, M. Castro, J. Lahann, Blood-​brain barrier penetrating nanoparticle delivery of siRNA for glioblastoma multiforme, Nature Communications 2020, 11(1), 5687.
  • S. Jordahl, L. Solorio, D.B. Neale, S. McDemott, J.H. Jordahl, A. Fox, C. Dunlay, A. Xiao, M. Brown, M. Wicha, G.D. Luker, J. Lahann, Engineered Fibrillar Fibronection Networks as Three-Dimensional Tissue Scaffolds, Advanced Materials 2019, 31, DOI.10.1002/adma.201904580.
  • K.C.K. Cheng, M.A. Bedolla-Pantoja, Y.-K. Kim, J.V. Gregory, F. Xie, A. de France, C. Hussal, K. Sun, N.L. Abbott, J. Lahann,Templated Nanofiber Synthesis via Chemical Vapor Polymerization into Liquid Crystalline Films, Science 2018, 362, 804–808.
  • J.H. Jordahl, L. Solorio, H. Sun, S. Ramcharan, C.B. Teeple, H.R. Haley, K.J. Lee, T.W. Eyster, G.D. Luker, P.H. Krebsbach, J. Lahann, 3D Jet Writing: Functional microtissues based on tessellated scaffold architectures, Advanced Materials 2018, 30(14), DOI.1002/adma.201707196.
  • J. Lahann, S. Mitragotri, T. Tran, H. Kaido, J. Sundaran, S. Hoffer, G. A. Somorjai, R. Langer, A Reversibly Switching Surface. Science 2003, 299, 371-374.