Group News

June 2019: Omar receives the Dolores Cannon Southam Award for Excellence in Research graduation award. Congrats!
June 2019: Marco receives the Boehringer-Ingelheim-UCLA Dissertation Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry. Congrats!
June 2019: Nik received Biotechnology Training Grant Fellowship. Congrats!
May 2019: Kathryn and Preiera receive Dissertation Year Fellowship. Congrats!
April 2019: Heather receives the 2019 ACS Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award [LINK]
April 2019: Marco Messina receives the John Stauffer Fellowship for outstanding research in Chemistry & Biochemistry!
January 2019: The Maynard group welcomes postdoc Daniele Vinciguerra and first year graduate students Hayden Montgomery, Mikayla Tan, Nik Theopold, & Jane Yang
November 2018: Heather elected as a AAAS fellow [LINK]
October 2018: Heather included in Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry [LINK]
September 2018: Heather selected as one of the 100 Women in Chemistry by RSC [LINK]
May 2018: Emma got the Thomas L. and Ruth F. Jacobs Award and JK got the Elsevier Reaxys-UCLA Dissertation Award; both graduation awards. Congrats JK and Emma!!
May 2018: Heather wins the UCLA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award! [LINK]
April 2018: Kathleen and Priera accepted into the INFEWS Training Program!
February 2018: Heather invited to EAB of ACS Macro Letters.
January 2018: Heather is appointed the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Polymer Science.
January 2018: JK receives the UCLA Graduate Award for Interdisciplinary Research!
January 2018: Emma receives the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Leadership Award!
November 2017: Arvind and Kathleen joined the Maynard Group.
August 2017: Heather will receive the 2018 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. [LINK]
June 2017: Congratulations Neil for being awarded the CBI Training Fellowship!
June 2017: Congratulations Madeline for being awarded the NIH Biotechnology Training Grant!
May 2017: Congratulations Emma and JK for being awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship!
May 2017: Congratulations Omar and Warrick for being awarded the summer undergraduate research fellowship!
May 2017: Welcome Omar, our newest undergraduate researcher!
March 2017: Congratulations Marco on being awarded the Foote Fellowship!
February 2017: Our Bioconjugate paper gets press in C&E News [LINK]
February 2017: Heather is elected a PMSE Fellow of the ACS. [LINK]
January 2017: Heather receives a Fulbright Specialist Grant for New Zealand. [LINK]
November 2016: Heather featured in interview about heparin mimicking polymers papers in Biomacromolecules [LINK]
November 2016: Heather and Yuta's paper paper receives cover! [LINK]
October 2016: Sam and Kathy's paper receives cover! [LINK]
September 2016: Heather is invited to JACS Editorial Advisory Board.
June 2016: Kathryn is selected for the NIH Biotechnology Training Grant! Congratulations Kathryn!
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]

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The Maynard Group creates new polymeric materials to address unmet needs in human health and sustainability, 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.