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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Brian Timko

Assistant Professor

Brian Timko

Assistant Professor

Phone 617-627-0443
Science and Technology Center, Room 266B
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Research: 
nanoelectronics, biosensing, biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery
Biography: 

Brian Timko graduated from Lehigh University with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He completed his graduate studies in the laboratory of Professor Charles Lieber at Harvard, where he studied semiconductor nanowires and how they could be stably interfaced with living cells and tissue. He completed postdoctoral studies with Professor Robert Langer at MIT and Professor Daniel Kohane at Boston Children's Hospital. During that time, Timko studied nanocomposite materials for cardiac tissue engineering and remotely-triggered drug delivery, and subsequently, he was an instructor in anaesthesiology at Boston Children's Hospital. In 2016, he joined Tufts School of Engineering as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Education: 
Ph.D., Chemistry, Harvard University, 2009
A.M., Chemistry, Harvard University, 2004
B.S., Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2002
Research Interests: 

Brian Timko's research interests lie at the intersection of materials science, chemistry, and biology, with a major focus on nanotechnology and nanoscale interfaces between solid-state and biological systems. Central to his laboratory's strategy is the bottom-up paradigm, whereby nanomaterials are synthesized with rationally-controlled electrical, optical, and chemical properties, then assembled into biological systems at physiological conditions. This strategy is leveraged to achieve advances in three interrelated areas: nanoelectronics for biosensing, nanocomposites for tissue engineering, and externally-triggered drug delivery systems.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2018: Nano Research Young Innovator Award in Nanobiotechnology (NR45)
  • 2016: MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize
  • 2016: Anesthesia Foundation Distinguished Trailblazer Award, Boston Children's Hospital
  • 2015: Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award, 100k Pitch Competition, MIT
  • 2011: NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • 2008: Gold Award, Materials Research Society
  • 2006: William H. Peterson Award, American Chemical Society
  • 2002: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2000: Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • 2000: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
BME 5: Junior Design and Research I
BME 7/8: Senior Design and Research

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