• Joachim Kohn
  • Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Research Synopsis: Design and synthesis of innovative biomaterials, the effect of material properties on cell behavior, biocompatibility, development of medical implants and devices for drug delivery and regenerative medicine.


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


Awards & Honors

  • 2017 – Recipient of the Edison Patent Award presented by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey
  • 2014 – Recipient of the Research Award from the Health Care Institute of New Jersey for contributions to life sciences and healthcare
  • 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 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.