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James Van Deventer

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Van Deventer Lab

James Van Deventer

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Van Deventer Lab

Phone 617-627-6339
Science and Technology Center, Room 148
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
protein engineering, non-canonical amino acids, cancer, directed evolution, yeast display

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.

Ph.D. and M.S., Chemical Engineering, Caltech, 2011
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
Professional Experience: 

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Postdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

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