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Michael J. Sailor Biography

Michael J. Sailor is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He holds Affiliate appointments in the Department of Bioengineering, the Department of Nanoengineering, and the Materials Science and Engineering program at UCSD. Sailor received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Northwestern University (Chicago) under the direction of Duward Shriver. He joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 1990, after postdoctoral studies at Stanford and the California Institute of Technology under Professor Nathan Lewis. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, to Full Professor in 1996, and to Distringuished Professor in 2015. He has supervised more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students at UC San Diego. He holds 29 U.S. patents and 6 international patents that have been licensed to 7 companies. He is the founder of Spinnaker Biosciences and Common Sensor Technologies. He has published 226 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, 1 book, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Nanoscale Horizons, ACS Sensors, ACS Nano, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials, and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Sailor is an elected Fellow of the AAAS and the National Academy of Inventors.


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