Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering are pleased to announce that Professor Heather D. Maynard of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the recipient of the 2019 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award. The award will be presented at the 2019 ACS Fall National Meeting & Exposition, held August 25 – 29 in San Diego. Maynard will be presenting as part of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Symposium at the meeting, along with other prominent researchers in the field.
Heather D. Maynard is the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor in Polymer Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. Maynard is a leader in the area of protein-polymer conjugates, which are important therapeutics for a variety of diseases. She develops new synthetic methods to make the materials, invents new polymers to improve properties such as stability, and demonstrates preclinical efficacy of her conjugates with an eye towards translation for human health. Maynard also works in the area of smart materials for precision medicine: materials that respond to disease states in the body.
Maynard’s research and teaching have been recognized by numerous awards, including most recently the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award, the American Chemical Society Arthur Cope Scholar Award, the UCLA Student Development Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award, and election as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Maynard is also an American Chemical Society POLY and PMSE, Leverhulme, Kavli Frontiers, and Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow, was a Fulbright Specialist in New Zealand, and a member of the US Defence Science Study Group. Maynard received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology and was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
“Heather Maynard’s creativity has generated truly amazing new science at the interface between the biological and chemical world,” said Bioconjugate Chemistry Editor-in-Chief, Vincent M. Rotello.
Read a Selection of Professor Heather D. Maynard’s Research:
PEG Analogs Synthesized by Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization for Reversible Bioconjugation
Bioconjugate Chem., 2018, 29 (11), pp 3739–3745
Trehalose Glycopolymer Enhances Both Solution Stability and Pharmacokinetics of a Therapeutic Protein
Bioconjugate Chem., 2017, 28 (3), pp 836–845
Protein–Polymer Conjugation via Ligand Affinity and Photoactivation of Glutathione S-Transferase
Bioconjugate Chem., 2014, 25 (10), pp 1902–1909