Derk Joester, PhD

Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Joester's research focuses on biological and bio-inspired minerals synthesis and processing.  His research group is driven by the desire to understand not only the design, i.e. the structure and functional organization of biominerals, but also their integrated synthesis. On a cellular level, these two, design and its execution, are inextricably linked. Their highly interdisciplinary approach reflects this complexity and rests on both the engineering of biomaterials synthesis in cell culture and the biologically inspired in vitro synthetic (re)construction of artificial mineralizing systems. In this way, they hope to find ways to create new materials of functional and architectural sophistication that rival that of biominerals.

Joester is the director of the Biomaterials Laboratory in the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which houses equipment used for maintenance, processing and characterization of biological materials and biomaterials.  He is the co-author of several publications and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Minerva Fellowship in 2005 and a full scholarship to the 2006 Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine summer school. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society.

Contact Information:

Office: Cook Hall 2087
Phone: 847-491-7443
Email: d-joester [at] northwestern [dot] edu