Professor Michael J. Sailor

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Michael J. Sailor, PhD
Distinguished Professor

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Michael J. Sailor is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, Director of the NSF-funded UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and co-Director of the UC San Diego Institute for Materials Discovery and Design. He holds Affiliate Appointments in the Bioengineering, the Nanoengineering, and the Materials Science and Engineering programs at UC San Diego. Other appointments include: Invited Professor, CNRS Institut Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier, France (2012); Visiting Professor, High Level Talent Program, Key Laboratory of Organosilicon Chemistry and Material Technology, Hangzhou Normal University, China (2018-2020); and Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, China (2019-2020).

Trained as a chemist, Sailor received a BS degree from Harvey Mudd College in 1983 and a PhD degree from Northwestern University in 1988. He began his academic career at UC San Diego in 1990, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, to Full Professor in 1996, and to Distinguished Professor in 2015.

He has supervised more than 160 undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students at UC San Diego. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, 1 book, and he has 34 issued patents. He was named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2018 and in 2019. He has a citation  h-index of 99 (Google Scholar).

Sailor serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Nanoscale Horizons, ACS Nano, Applied Physics Letters, and Advanced Materials, and he is an Associate Editor of the journal ACS Sensors. He serves or has served on scientific advisory boards including for the United States Air Force (USAFSAB), Aivocode, Illumina, Impilo Therapeutics, Matrix Industries, Nanovision Biosciences, Pacific Integrated Energy, TruTag Technologies, and Well-Healthcare Technologies, and he co-founded Spinnaker Biosciences, Precis Therapeutics, and Lisata Therapeutics.

Sailor is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the National Academy of Inventors.

(updated December 2022)

Conflict Disclosure

In addition to his primary appointment at UC San Diego, Prof Sailor has held the following appointments: as an Invited Professor at the CNRS Institut Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier, France (2012); as a “High-Level Talent” at the Key Laboratory of Organosilicon Chemistry and Material Technology of Hangzhou Normal University, China (2017-2020); and as a Guest Professor at Zhejiang University, China (2019-2020). MJS is a scientific founder (SF), member of the Board of Directors (BOD), Advisory Board (AB), Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), acts as a paid consultant (PC) or has an equity interest (EI) in the following: Aivocode (AB, EI); Bejing ITEC Technologies (SAB, PC); Hinalea Imaging (EI), Illumina (EI), Impilo Therapeutics (SAB, EI), Lisata Therapeutics (EI); Matrix Technologies (EI); Precis Therapeutics (SF, BOD, EI), Quanterix (EI), Spinnaker Biosciences (SF, BOD, EI); TruTag Technologies (SAB, EI); and Well-Healthcare Technologies (SAB, PC). These relationships have been disclosed for conflict of interest management and the terms of the arrangements have been reviewed and approved by the University of California, San Diego in accordance with its conflict of interest policies.