Director, ASRC Nanoscience Initiative
Einstein Professor of Chemistry
Rein Ulijn, Ph.D., is the founding director of the ASRC's Nanoscience Initiative. Appointed in February 2014, he is also the Einstein Professor of Chemistry at Hunter College.
Dr. Ulijn joined CUNY from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, where he ran an acclaimed nanochemistry lab and served as vice dean of research. He is a pioneer in an area of nanoscience—the study and control of matter on atomic and molecular scales—that focuses on creating materials and systems that are inspired by biology and have unique “adaptive” properties. He leads a team that has developed and commercialized gel technologies that mimic biological environments, important discoveries for the advance of stem cell research, drug development and tissue-engineering techniques designed to interfere with disease processes.
Dr. Ulijn has been the recipient of some of Britain’s and Europe’s most prestigious scientific honors, holds seven patents and, since 2004, has been principal investigator of research projects that have generated more than $10 million in grants from public and private sources, including the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Industry.
Born in the Netherlands, Dr. Ulijn earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, received postdoctoral training at the University of Edinburgh and was a faculty researcher at the University of Manchester. In 2008 he returned to Strathclyde and was appointed full professor and later vice dean of research. In addition to his research and teaching, he has founded two university spinoff companies in Britain, Biogelx Ltd., of which he is chief scientific officer, and Renephra Ltd.
Dr. Ulijn is the recipient of numerous awards including fellowship in the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s academy of science and letters), the Norman Heatley Medal and Emerging Technologies Award (both from the Royal Society of Chemistry). He is also the recipient of the Royal Society Merit Award, Macrogroup Young Investigator Medal and personal fellowships from the European Research Council, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust (Leadership Award).