S. Michael Yu     
          Associate Professor
          Bioengineering, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
          University of Utah
         
          Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, 
                      University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
          B.S., M.S., Organic Chemistry, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 1993
            
          36 S. Wasatch Dr,
          Room 4501, SMBB
          Salt Lake City, UT 84112

          Phone: 801.587.1264
          Fax: 801.585.5361
          Email: michael.yu@utah.edu

Biography
Prof. S. Michael Yu received his doctoral degree from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied the liquid crystalline properties of recombinant proteins with Prof. David A. Tirrell. Subsequently, he conducted his post-doc training at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with Prof. Samuel H. Gellman, synthesizing novel surfactants, beta-peptides and poly(beta-amino acids). His diverse training in bio-organic chemistry, polymer science and protein/peptide engineering has allowed him to work closely at the interface between materials science and biology. He began his independent career at Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and was promoted to associate professor with secondary appointments in Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry. He joined the Bioengineering Department of University of Utah in 2013, where his group has been conducting research that applies principles of protein folding and assembly to the development of various materials and biotechnologies, ranging from piezoelectric films and nanoparticle assembly to tissue engineering scaffolds and diagnostic molecules. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for the innovative work on collagen scaffolds. The strength of his work has not only been the ability to design new protein/peptide architecture that is of high scientific values, but also to identify and solve real-world “material” problems that have a potential to greatly impact multiple scientific and medical fields.

Awards
  •  Participants of Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (National Academy of Engineering), 2009
  •  Presidential Earlier Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2008
  •  NSF Career Award, 2007
  •  NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1999 - 2001

Current Grants and Contracts
    NIH R01 (NIAMS) “Study and Application of Collagen Mimetic Peptide-Collagen Hybridization”
    2011 – 2016 $1,792,663 (total amount)
    Role: Principal Investigator (single investigator grant)

    NIH R21 (NIAMS) "Collagen-Targeted Therapeutics of Cathepsin Inhibitors"
    2014-2016 $423,725 (total amount)
    Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Dr. Martin Pomper of Johns Hopkins Medical Institute)

    DOD Prostate Cancer Program (PCRP) “Imaging Prostate Cancer Microenvironment by Collagen Hybridization”
    2012 – 2015 $1,200,000 (total amount)
    Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Dr. Martin Pomper of Johns Hopkins Medical Institute)

    ONR “Development of Piezoelectric Polymer Composite Fibers for Energy Harvesting and Acoustic Transducers”
    2013 – 2016 $591,021 (total amount)
    Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PIs: Dr. James West and Amy Foster of Johns Hopkins University)
    Grant Officer: Jan Lindberg


Reviewing Activities for Funding Agencies
  •     National Institute of Health BMBI study section (review panel).
  •     National Institute of Health ZRG1 BST-T (review panel).
  •     National Institute of Health IMST 13 SBIR study section (review panel).
  •     National Institute of Health IMST study sections (review panel).
  •     National Science Foundation-DMR Biomaterials (review panel, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  •     National Science Foundation-CMMI Materials Processing and Manufacturing (review panel)
  •     National Science Foundation-CMMI Nanomanufacturing (review panel)
  •     National Science Foundation-NIRT (review panel)
  •     National Science Foundation-DMR Gels and Networks (review panel)
  •     National Science Foundation-FIBR
  •     American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
  •     Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of United Kingdom
  •     Medical Research Council (MRC) of United Kingdom (UK Regenerative Medicine Platform)
  •     Cariipo Foundation of Italy
  •     Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) of Portugal
  •     Hopkins University, Institute for NanoBio Technology, Therapeutics grant review
  •     Nanyang Technological University, Singapore