Henry Hess

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

351 Engineering Terrace
1210 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code: 8904
New York, NY 10027

Phone: +1 212-854-7749
Fax: +1 212-854-8725
Email: hh2374@columbia.edu
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Research Areas:

Engineering at the molecular scale, in particular the design of active nanosystems incorporating biomolecular motors, the study of active self-assembly, and the investigation of protein-resistant polymer coatings.

Laboratory for Nanobiotechnology and Synthetic Biology

Education

1999  Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), Physics, Free University Berlin (Germany)

1996  Diploma, Physics, Technical University Berlin (Germany)

1993  Prediploma, Physics, Technical University Clausthal (Germany)        

Professional Experience

2016 – now     Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

2009 - 2016     Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

2005 - 2009    Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida

2002 – 2005    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington 

2000-2002       Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington  

Honors and Awards

2014 – 2019    Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience

2016    Provost Award for Hybrid Learning

2007  Distinguished Mentor Award of the UF/HHMI “Science for Life” program

2006 NSF Career Award

2000  Wolfgang-Paul-Award of the German Society for Mass Spectrometry

2000  Feodor Lynen postdoctoral fellowship of the A. von Humboldt foundation

1996  Erwin-Stephan-Award of the Technical University Berlin

 

Grant Support

We gratefully acknowledge past and current support from:

the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation,

the Volkswagen Foundation,

the DARPA Defense Science Office,

the DOD Defense Threat Reduction Agency,

the DOD Army Research Office

the DOD Office of Naval Research,

the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences,

the NSF Biomaterials program,

the NSF Nanobiomechanics program,

the NSF Biomechanics and Mechanobiology program.

Selected Publications

H. Hess and J.L. Ross: “Non-Equilibrium Assembly of Microtubules: From Molecules to Autonomous Chemical Robots”, Chemical Society Reviews 46, 5570-5587 (2017)

Y. Zhang, S. Tsitkov, H. Hess: ”Proximity Does Not Contribute to Activity Enhancement in the Glucose Oxidase-Horseradish Peroxidase Cascade”, Nature Communications 7:13982 (2016)

E.L.P. Dumont, C. Do and H. Hess: “Molecular wear of microtubules propelled by surface-adhered kinesins”, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 166-169 (2015)

O. Idan and H. Hess: “Diffusive transport phenomena in artificial enzyme cascades on scaffolds”, Nature Nanotechnology, 7, 769-770 (2012)

H. Hess: "Engineering applications of biomolecular motors", Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 13, 429-450 (2011)

T. Fischer, A. Agarwal and H. Hess: "A smart dust biosensor powered by kinesin motors", Nature Nanotechnology, 4, 162-166 (2009)

H. Hess: "Self-assembly driven by biomolecular motors", Soft Matter, 2, 669 - 677 (2006)

H. Hess: "Biomolecular motor-powered devices", Science 312, 861 (2006)

H. Hess, J. Clemmens, D. Qin, J. Howard, and V. Vogel: "Light-Controlled Molecular Shuttles Made from Motor Proteins Carrying Cargo on Engineered Surfaces", Nano Letters, 1 (5), 235-239 (2001)

H. Hess, K.R. Asmis, T. Leisner, and L. Wöste: "Vibrational wave packet dynamics in the silver tetramer probed by charge-reversal femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy", Eur. Phys. J. D, 16, 145-149 (2001)

H. Hess, D. S. Larsen, A. A. Scheidemann: "Measurement of pick-up cross-sections of 4He clusters: polar versus non-polar molecules", Phil. Mag. B, 79, 1437-1444 (1999)  

 

Engineering at the molecular scale, in particular the design of active nanosystems incorporating biomolecular motors, the study of active self-assembly, the engineering of enzyme cascades, and the investigation of protein-resistant polymer coatings.


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