Dean Ho

Dean Ho received his B.S. in physiological science from UCLA in 2001, and his Ph.D. in 2005 from the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. He is currently a Hewlett-Packard Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. His research has covered emerging areas in bionanotechnology to interface membrane-bound proteins with block copolymeric biomimetic membranes to fabricate biomolecular hybrids. Ho has been among the first to demonstrate the coupling of protein function and the potential of using biostructures as energy conversion systems. This work is the subject of a featured article in Nanotechnology that was downloaded more than 1,000 times, which was among the top 10 percent of all downloaded Institute of Physics (IOP) publications, as well as a feature article in Advanced Functional Materials. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters in the areas of biochemical energetics and biotic-abiotic interfacing, as well as developing biologically active devices based on the harnessing of protein functionality. Ho's research achievements have garnered news coverage in Nature, MICRO/NANO, and BBC Radio, where Ho was interviewed on the subject of the societal impacts of bionanotechnology. He has presented several invited talks at internationally renowned institutions, including the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), Academia Sinica, and the Bionanotechnology: Academic and Industrial Partnerships in the U.K. and U.S. conference held at the University of Southern California. Ho is a member of Sigma Xi, the Biomedical Engineering Society, Materials Research Society, IEEE, AAAS, ASME, and American Academy of Nanomedicine. In addition, he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business and previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the CESASC Technical Symposium Proceedings and as an Editor of the UCLA Graduate Scientific Review.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Ho has made extensive contributions to the UCLA community, having previously served as a Trustee-at-Large of the Unicamp Board of Trustees, the body that oversees the official philanthropy of UCLA that is currently in its 70th year of activity. For his service and leadership to the uCla and greater Los Angeles community, Ho was presented with the UCLA Chancellor's Service Award in 2001.

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