Se souber, faça; se não souber, aprenda; se aprender, ensine.
If you know how, act; if you don’t know how, learn; once you have learned, teach others.

The Olsen Lab focuses on engineering new biofunctional and bioinspired materials and understanding the novel polymer physics required to control the nanoscale structure and properties of these complex systems.  To do this, we apply cutting-edge polymer chemistry and protein engineering to synthesize new materials at the interface of biology and the physical sciences.  To intelligently design such systems, we investigate the relationships between molecular structure and self-assembly, applying concepts from block copolymer assembly and polymer gels to understand complex biohybrid materials.  Our efforts are aimed at applying biological components or biological design principles to dramatically extend the capability of soft materials such as engineering plastics, energy converters, catalysts, and biomedical hydrogels.  Through the study of natural polymer systems, we also hope to produce a new sustainable source of functional polymers.


– Congratulations to Justin for winning an award in the DPOLY poster competition at the 2019 APS March Meeting!

– Good luck to postdocs Yun Jung Yang, Nari Ryu, and Sieun Kim in their new positions!

– Good luck to Rui Wang, who started as an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in January 2019!

– Congratulations to newly minted Dr. Reginald Avery for passing his thesis defense and starting as a Biomedical Engineer at the FDA!

– Congratulations to our 2018 graduates Dr. Aaron Huang (Course X PhD) and Amy Wang (Course X S.B.)!

– Welcome to several new members in the group, Henry, Selin, and Kento! Congratulations to the new parents Sieun, Basak, Takuya, and their spouses!

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