Prof. Matthew J. Webber

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (2011)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering (2009)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (2006)

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

 

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

University of Notre Dame

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2016-Present)

Faculty Member, Harper Cancer Research Institute (2016-Present)

Faculty Member, Bioengineering Graduate Program (2016-Present)

Faculty Member, Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (2016-Present)

Faculty Member, Warren Center for Drug Discovery (2016-Present)

Faculty Member, NDnano (2016-Present)

 

TRAINING:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Lab of Profs. Robert Langer and Daniel G. Anderson, Koch Institute (2012-2016)

Northwestern University

Graduate Research Assistant, NIH Regenerative Medicine Training Program

Lab of Prof. Samuel I. Stupp, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Medicine (2006-2012)

 

AWARDS:

National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2013

Dudley Childress Award, 2012 (best first authored paper by Northwestern BME graduate student)

American Heart Association, Featured Chicago Researcher, 2011

Acta Biomaterialia Student Award, 2011

First Prize American Heart Association Chicago Evening of Discovery and Innovation, 2010

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, Notre Dame Department of Chemical Engineering, 2006

 

PERSONAL SUMMARY:

Prof. Webber earned a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, graduating with honors and receiving an award for excellence in undergraduate research from his department. During his time as a student at Notre Dame, he resided in St. Edwards Hall. Throughout his undergraduate years, he was very interested in biomedical research that spanned the area of nanoscale engineering and materials science. With this passion for research, he went on to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. His dissertation work, performed in the laboratory of Prof. Samuel Stupp, focused on the use of supramolecular peptide assemblies to establish new approaches to cardiovascular disease therapeutics. While at Northwestern, he was supported by an NIH fellowship through the Regenerative Medicine Training Program. His dissertation research was awarded the Acta Biomaterialia Student Award and the Northwestern BME Dudley Childress Award. He then went on to continue his research training as an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Robert Langer and Prof. Daniel Anderson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His postdoctoral work developed new molecular engineering approaches to drug delivery, with a particular focus on new routes to treat diabetes. Following a national academic search, he began his independent research career by launching The Webber Lab back at his alma mater, The University of Notre Dame. There, he is part of an expanding effort to advance research in the area of "Molecular Science and Engineering" as part of the newly built McCourtney Hall research building. His particular research interests lie in engineering new materials, rooted in supramolecular principles, in order to solve difficult problems for applications in biomedicine, energy, and the environment. He also is passionate about mentoring young scientists and engineers, and guiding them as they channel their own energy and creativity into new approaches to solve problems.

Matt was married to Theresa, herself an Notre Dame graduate, in 2009 on the campus of Notre Dame. Together, they have one daughter, Adalyn, whose unending energy and excitement keeps both Matt and Theresa very busy. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, going on walks and playing at the park. Having grown up in an extended family with deep ties to the sausage industry, Matt has interests in experimenting with new ways to grill, smoke, or cook large pieces of cow, pig, lamb (or whatever). He also enjoys trying new beers, particularly small batch and microbrews, but has not yet been daring enough to put his Chemical Engineering degree to the test in pursuit of home-brewing. He has an unwavering passion for Notre Dame football, which has unfortunately left him dejected on far too many Fall Saturdays. He will continue to hope because, really, what else is there? He also enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and making friends from around the world.