Daniel Pack, PhD
Ashland Inc. Chair in Chemical Engineering & Professor
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
- Controlled release
- Cancer gene therapy
- Metabolic engineering in mammalian cells