Cassandra Callmann, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow
Following the completion of her B.S. in Biochemistry (2012) at West Chester University, Cassandra earned both her M.S. (2014) and Ph.D. (2018) in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego under the guidance of Prof. Nathan Gianneschi. At UC San Diego, she elucidated fundamental molecular design parameters for the synthesis of biohybrid materials that site-specifically interact with proteins, cells, and tissues with high affinity. Her graduate work was supported by fellowships from the Inamori Foundation, the ARCS Foundation, and the Cancer Researchers in Nanotechnology program (NIH R25T). Cassandra was recognized for her thesis research with an Outstanding Dissertation Award from the UC San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2018. She is currently an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Chad Mirkin's research group at Northwestern University (previously: Eden & Steven Romick IIN Fellow at Northwestern University). At Northwestern, her research has revealed that the chemical composition of vaccine components, coupled with their the three-dimensional nanoscale arrangement, determines their physical stability and release kinetics in biological media, which in turn dictates the kinetics of cellular signaling and overall immunotherapeutic function. For her work as an early career researcher, Cassandra was selected as a 2019 CAS Future Leader by the Chemical Abstracts Service of the American Chemical Society.