Group News

March 2016: Priera is selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)! Congratulations Priera!
February 2016: Congratulations to Natalie for winning a best poster award at the International Nanobiotechnology meeting!
January 2016: Congratulations Emma on being awarded the Foote Fellowship!
January 2016: Uland successfully defends his thesis. Congratulations Dr. Lau!
December 2015: Priera wins the Edwin W. Pauley Foundation Award!!
December 2015: Graduate student Kathryn and Postdoc Liang (PhD Warwick from O'Reilly and Dove) join group.
October 2015: Heather's News and Views article in Nature is published [LINK] and Heather is quoted in C&E news. [LINK]
October 2015: New students join the group - welcome Priera, Kyle, and Monica.
June 2015: Heather appears in video to let undergraduates know what it is like to be a professor. [LINK]
May 2015: Yang finishes her postdoc and moves to be an Assistant Professor at Chapman University
May 2015: Heather is selected for the Defense Science Study Group for 2016-2017
March 2015: Heather named Associate Director of Technology and Development of the CNSI
January 2015: Yuta's paper receives cover of Polymer Chemistry and is selected as paper of the week [LINK]
October 2014: Congratulations to recent PhDs En-Wei Lin and Thi Kathy Nguyen! They will be going to Nalco as Principal Chemist and UCLA, respectively.
September 2014: En-Wei and Natalie's paper makes Editor's Choice [LINK]
September 2014: Congratulations to Muhammet Kahveci who finished his postdoc and moved to Ylidiz Technical University in Turkey as an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering!
July 2014: Heather listed in C&EN as Who's who (talks to go to) for the San Francisco National Meeting
June 2014: Congratulations to recent PhDs Juneyoung Lee and Nic Matsumoto! They will be going on to postdocs with Bob Grubbs at Caltech and Bert Meijer at Eindhoven, respectively.
June 2014: Erhan's collaborative paper with Imperial College London receives cover of Adv. Funct. Mater.
April 2014: Heather featured on UCLA OIP [LINK]

Previous news

The Maynard Group creates new polymeric materials to address unmet needs in medicine, while simultaneously educating the next generation of scientists.

Protein-polymer conjugates

Conjugation of polymer to protein helps enhance the stability of proteins as well as improve their in vivo half-life. Our group has developed various strategies for synthesis of well-defined polymers for conjugation to proteins.

Biomimetic polymers

Rationally designed biomimetic polymers can be useful for various medical and industrial applications. We have developed polymers that mimic natural protein stabilizers to prevent degradation of various protein therapeutics.


Using electron-beam lithography, we can precisely patterned two-dimensional surface and three-dimensional structures. These patterns can be used for sensors, cell engineering, and other various applications.