Leadership & Guidance

Heather Maynard, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Technology & Development, CNSI

Heather D. Maynard received a B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2000 for research in the group of Nobel Prize winner Robert Grubbs. She then moved to the laboratory of Jeffrey Hubbell at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), where from 2000-2002 she was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Maynard joined the UCLA faculty as an Assistant Professor in August 2002 as the first Howard Reiss Career Development Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and as a member of the California NanoSystems Institute. She is now a full Professor, Director of the Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program and Associate Director of Technology and Development for the California NanoSystems Institute. Since arriving at UCLA, Maynard has given over 200 invited, plenary, keynote and named lectures. Dr. Maynard has been selected as an Outstanding Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry and has received the Amgen New Faculty Award, Seaborg Award, NSF Career Award, Seaborg Award for Outstanding Research, the Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Herbert Newby Award for Outstanding Research at UCLA. Maynard is an ACS POLY, Leverhulme, Kavli Frontiers, and Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow and was recently selected to be a member of the 2016-2017 US Defense Science Study Group. Maynard is on the editorial board of Polymer Chemistry and the editorial advisory boards of Bioconjugate Chemistry, Journal of Polymer Chemistry, Macromolecular Biosciences, and Biomacromolecules. Her research interests focus on biomimetic polymers and hydrogels for applications in protein drug stabilization and delivery.