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Dan graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1990 and earned his Ph.D., also in Chemical Engineering, with Prof. Frances H. Arnold at the California Institute of Technology in 1997. He was a NIH post-doctoral fellow with Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 1997-1998 before starting his independent career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1999. 

In Fall 2012, Dan was appointed as the inaugural Ashland Inc. Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He currently holds joint appointments as a Professor in the Departments of Chemical & Materials Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He won a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the NSF in 2002, was a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at UIUC in 2004-2005, received a Xerox Award for Faculty Research in 2008, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2018. Dan is an author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and is the inventor on seven patents, several of which have been licensed and are being commercialized.




  • Drug and gene delivery
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Controlled release
  • Cancer gene therapy
  • Metabolic engineering in mammalian cells

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.