Abraham Joy

Professor and Chair,  Bioengineering

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Research Focus

Design and use of biomaterials for wound healing; antimicrobial/antibiofilm strategies; soft-tissue replacement; polymer condensates; and sustained delivery of therapeutics

About

Abraham Joy will join in January 2024 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. He comes to Northeastern from the University of Akron where he has been a professor of polymer science since 2020, and was an associate professor from 2016 to 2020, and assistant professor from 2010-2016. From 2021-23, he was a National Science Foundation program director in the Biomaterials (BMAT) program of DMR. Joy’s research interests are in the areas of design and use of biomaterials for wound healing; antimicrobial/antibiofilm strategies; soft-tissue replacement; polymer condensates; and sustained delivery of therapeutics. He is an associate editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

Joy obtained his PhD in chemistry from Tulane University, where he researched organic asymmetric photoreactions. Following his doctoral work, he carried out his postdoctoral work at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working on charge migration in synthetic oligonucleotides. Subsequently, he was an NIH Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University, where he worked on designing biomaterials for modulating cellular functions. Joy is a recipient of the Burroughs Welcome Award, 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award, and an NSF CAREER Award.

Education

  • PhD, Chemistry, Tulane University

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 NSF CAREER Award

Research Overview

Design and use of biomaterials for wound healing; antimicrobial/antibiofilm strategies; soft-tissue replacement; polymer condensates; and sustained delivery of therapeutics

Selected Publications

  • N. Nun, A. Joy; Fabrication and bioactivity of peptide-conjugated biomaterial tissue engineering constructs; Macromolecular Rapid Commun., 2022, 2200342
  • T. Jain, Y.M. Tseng, C. Tantisuwanno, J. Menefee, A. Shahrohian, I. Isayeva, A. Joy; Synthesis, rheology, and assessment of 3D printability of multifunctional polyesters for extrusion-based direct-write 3D printing; ACS Appl. Poly. Mater., 2021, 3, 6618-6631
  • A. Narayanan, A. Dhinojwala, A. Joy; Design principles for creating synthetic underwater adhesives; Chem. Soc. Rev., 2021, 50, 13321-13345
  • A. Vishwakarma, F. Dang, A. Ferrell, A. Barton, A. Joy; Peptidomimetic polyurethanes inhibit bacterial biofilm formation and disrupt surface established biofilms; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 9440-9449
  • Y.M. Tseng, A Narayanan, K. Mishra, A. Joy; Light activated adhesion and debonding of underwater pressure-sensitive adhesives; ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces, 2021, 13, 29048
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