Pat S. Stayton, PhD
Washington Research Foundation
Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington
Dr. Stayton currently serves as the Washington Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He received his BS in Biology (summa cum laude, Chemistry minor) from Illinois State University in 1984, his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1989, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, also at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Stayton has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and has been the recipient of the Clemson Award from the Society For Biomaterials and the CRS-Cygnus Recognition Award from the Controlled Release Society. He served as Chair of the Gordon Conference on Drug Carriers in Medicine and Biology in 2010. He has also been awarded the College of Engineering's Faculty Innovator Award, the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award from the Department of Bioengineering, and an Honorary Award from the College of Engineering's Minority Science and Engineering Program.
Dr. Stayton is the Director of the Center for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics, and his eclectic research group works at the interface of fundamental molecular science and applied molecular bioengineering. The group has projects aimed at elucidating basic principles underlying biomolecular recognition and connected projects applying those principles to drug delivery and diagnostic technologies through the development of new biohybrid materials that merge the impressive recognition and biofunctional properties of biomolecules with the impressive responsiveness and chemical versatility of "smart" polymers. The group has published over 200 research papers and has been funded by the NIH, the NSF, NASA, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and by the Coulter Foundation.