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Dr. Paul Cherukuri is the Executive Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering where he provides leadership for Rice University’s only interdisciplinary institute dedicated to fostering bio-related research innovation among 150 faculty members that span the Schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering. Cherukuri creates strategic research partnerships between Rice University faculty and colleagues in the Department of Defense, NASA, Texas Medical Center, and the Houston business community.

Cherukuri earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Rice University under Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley. Before returning to Rice, Cherukuri was a senior scientist at Sanofi where he managed the R&D of several brand-name drug products and devices (e.g. Allegra). Prior to Sanofi, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University with Prof. George Whitesides and a Research Assistant Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

His research includes directed self-assembly of living and artificial materials (Teslaphoresis), cold plasma therapy, and biosensors. He is a subject matter expert in nanomaterials, directed energy, bioelectronics, drug development, transdisciplinary research, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization.

Research Areas

Nanomaterials, Directed Energy, Nanomedicine, Bioelectronics, Drug Delivery, Drug Development, Design Thinking, Commercialization, Entrepreneurship


Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (2007-2009)

Ph.D., Chemistry, Rice University (2007)

B.S., Physics, University of Kentucky (1997)

Teaching Areas

Interdisciplinary Research, Entrepreneurship

Recent Patent Applications

Intraluminal magneto sensor system and method of use, WO, US8212554B2

Single-walled carbon nanotube/bioactive substance complexes and methods related thereto, WO US, US20130058984A1

Magneto Sensor System and Method of Use, WO US, US20090295385A1

Electromagnetic heating of single walled carbon nanotubes in aqueous solutions and biological systems, WO2008063683A2

Honors & Awards

2007, Norman Hackerman Fellowship in Chemistry

2003, James T. Willerson Vulnerable Plaque Young Investigator Award

Researcher Media

Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces Teslaphoresis
Richard E. Smalley Memorial - Student Remarks

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