Kohn, Joachim

Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry

Joachim Kohn

Phone: 848-445-4888

E-mail: E-mail

FAX: 732-445-5006

Office: Life Sciences Building, Center for Biomaterials, room 101

Mail: Chemistry & Chemical Biology, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854


Education Links
  • B.S. 1974, Hebrew University
  • Ph.D. 1983, Weizmann Institute

Research Summary

As biomaterials scientists, our goal is to improve health care and quality of life by developing advanced biomedical products for tissue repair, replacement, and the delivery of pharmaceutical agents. The Kohn Lab has furthered the field of tissue engineering by creating the first combinatorial library of polymers in which the chemical, mechanical and physical properties can be varied incrementally and predictably. In addition to basic studies, our lab has helped to translate our technologies into clinical or pre-clinical products, including surgical meshes, cardiovascular stents, bone regeneration scaffolds, and ocular drug delivery systems.

Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of viable biomaterials candidates and to accelerate their development into medical devices that alleviate the pain and suffering of patients throughout the world.

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 – Health Institute of New Jersey Life Sciences researcher of the year
  • 2013 - Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
  • 2007 – Inductee, the New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame
  • 2006 – Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, best patent in New Jersey for invention of the first combinatorially designed library of polyarylates
  • 2004 – Chair, Fellow of Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • 2001 – Fellow of AIMBE
  • 1999 – Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, best patent in New Jersey for invention of tyrosine-derived polycarbonates

Research Area(s): 
Materials Chemistry
Organic Chemistry