Matthew Webber

Matthew Webber

Concurrent Assistant Professor


Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute, MIT
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Selected Awards

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Dudley Childress Award
American Heart Association Featured Chicago Researcher

Research Interests

Using principles based in supramolecular chemistry – that is, “chemistry beyond the molecule” – the Webber Lab is interested in exploiting specific, dynamic interactions between molecules to facilitate improved therapeutics. With this design inspiration, we are modulating the association and self-assembly of oligopeptides in order to create tailored and dynamic matrices for applications in regenerative medicine. We are also using specific, high affinity host-guest macrocycle chemistry to enable precise targeting and transport of drugs and therapeutic agents. Finally, we are generating new classes of recombinant materials using protein-derived affinity motifs to promote three-dimensional structures. In sum, our work aims to leverage the engineering of supramolecular motifs to improve the practice of medicine.

Recent Papers

  • Webber, M.J. "Engineering Responsive Supramolecular Biomaterials: Toward Smart Therapeutics" Bioengineering & Translational Medicine 2016, 1, 252-266.
  • Webber, M.J.; Appel, E.A.; Vinciguerra, B.; Cortinas, A.B.; Thapa, L.S.; Jhunjhunwala, S.; Isaacs, L.; Langer, R.; Anderson, D.G. "Supramolecular PEGylation of Biopharmaceuticals" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2016, 113(50), 14189-14194.
  • Kaczmarek, J.C.; Patel, A.K.; Kauffman, K.J.; Fenton, O.S.; Webber, M.J.; Heartlein, M.W.; DeRosa, F.; Anderson, D.G. "Polymer-Lipid Nanoparticles for Systemic Delivery of mRNA to the Lungs" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55(44), 13808-13812.
  • Dong, Y.; Wang, W.; Veiseh, O.; Appel, E.A.; Xue, K.; Webber, M.J.; Tang, B.; Yang, X.; Weir, G.C.; Langer, R.; Anderson, D.G. "Injectable and Glucose-Responsive Hydrogels Based on Boronic Acid-Glucose Complexation" Langmuir 2016, 32(34), 8743-8747.
  • Kauffman, K.J.; Mur, F.F.; Jhunjhunwala, S.; Kaczmarek, J.C.; Hurtado, J.E.; Yang, J.H.; Webber, M.J.; Kowalski, P.S.; Heartlein, M.W.; DeRosa, F.; Anderson, D.G. "Efficacy and Immunogenicity of Pseudouridine-Modified mRNA Delivered Systematically with Lipid Nanoparticles in Vivo" Biomaterials 2016, 109, 78-87.
  • Kauffman, K.J.; Webber, M.J.; Anderson, D.G. "Materials for Non-Viral Intracellular Delivery of Messenger RNA Therapeutics" J. Control. Release 2016, 240, 227-234.

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