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Department of Biomedical Engineering

James Van Deventer

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Van Deventer Lab

James Van Deventer

James Van Deventer

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Van Deventer Lab

Phone 617-627-6339
Science and Technology Center
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Biography: 

James Van Deventer is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the California Institute of Technology. His thesis research in the laboratory of Professor David Tirrell employed noncanonical amino acids in applications of protein engineering and biophysics. To complete his training, Van Deventer pursued postdoctoral training in the laboratory of K. Dane Wittrup in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. His work there included engineering antibodies capable of targeting cancer-associated fibroblasts and enhancing yeast display with noncanonical amino acids. He is currently interested in using biomolecular engineering, synthetic biology, and chemical biology to establish new strategies for treating cancer and other complex diseases.

Education: 
Ph.D. and M.S., Chemical Engineering, Caltech, 2011
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
Research Interests: 

James Van Deventer's laboratory is interested in using biomolecular engineering and chemical biology to target and disrupt molecular processes in complex diseases. Efforts are currently focused on disrupting enzymatic and signaling processes within the tumor microenvironment.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2016: Faculty Research Awards Committee Award, Tufts University
  • 2012: NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • 2012: Ludwig Foundation for Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2010: Keystone Symposia Scholarship
  • 2004: National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
  • 2004: Dean's Award for Academic Accomplishment, Stanford University School of Engineering
  • 2004: Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award, Stanford University
  • 2003: Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2001: President's Award for Academic Excellence, Stanford University
Professional Memberships: 
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Society for Biological Engineering
American Chemical Society
Biomedical Engineering Society
American Association for Cancer Research
The Protein Society