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Dr. Bryan Berger wins NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Bryan Berger, the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and also a member of the Bioengineering program, has won a five year $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his project entitled "CAREER: Scalable Synthesis of Designed Biosurfactants to Enhance Drug Bioavailability".

The NSF CAREER award program is considered one of the most prestigious awards from NSF in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Each award provides stable support at the level of approximately $500,000 for a five year period.

This 5 year award will allow Dr. Berger and his students to pursue research in designing protein-based biosurfactants to improve the solubility, biocompatibility and bioavailability of insoluble drugs formulations, and developing methods to produce biosurfactants at a cost and scale competitive with currently used synthetic surfactants. Closely tied with these transformative research goals is a highly integrated educational goal of training students from Lehigh and Northampton Community College in techniques of scalable biosynthesis through internship programs, classroom lectures and laboratory projects.

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Professor Berger winner of the NSF CAREER Award for his work on biosurfactants.