Jonathan Dordick

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Jonathan S. Dordick
Photo of Jonathan S. Dordick in his administrative office.jpg
Dordick working in his office at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Born (1959-01-15) January 15, 1959 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fields Bioengineering
Metabolic Engineering
Biomolecular Interaction
High-throughput Screening
Cell-based Microarrays
Nano/Micron-scale Devices
Alma mater MIT
Brandeis University
Academic advisors D.I.C. Wang
Alexander Klibanov
Notable students Trevor J. Simmons
Eric Sterner
Ujjwal Bhaskar
Krunal Mehta
Anne London
Influenced Robert J. Linhardt
Shirley Ann Jackson
Notable awards American Chemical Society Marvin J. Johnson Award
American Chemical Society Elmer Gaden Award
American Chemical Society Iowa Section Award
AAAS Fellow
ACS Fellow

Jonathan S. Dordick (born January 15, 1959) is the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Biochemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2008 he became director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2013 Dr. Dordick stepped down from his role as head of the CBIS and became the Vice President for Research at RPI.[1]


Prof. Dordick was born on January 15, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] He received his B.A. degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Biochemical Engineering.[2] In 1987, Dr. Dordick joined the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, to Full Professor in 1994, and served as Department Chair from 1995-1998. In 1998, Prof. Dordick joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and professor. In 2013 Dr. Dordick shaved his mustache and became the Vice President of Research (VPR) at RPI.

He has a son, Samuel Dordick, and a daughter, Hannah Dordick. Jonathan is happily married to Vera Dordick.


Professor Dordick currently leads the Jonathan S. Dordick Research Group, which works in part at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies working on biomedical technologies.[3] Present and past research has included studies of Biocatalysis in Nonaqueous Media, Combinatorial Biocatalysis, Nanobiotechnology, enzyme technology, molecular bioprocessing. More specifically, they work on the development of enzymatic catalysis under extreme conditions (e.g. high salt concentrations), enzymes in the synthesis and modification of polymeric materials, combinatorial biocatalysis for drug discovery and polymer synthesis, and the generation of biocatalysts and biomimetics with unique activities and selectivities.[3] Dordick has been featured in the news for helping develop the "MetaChip" technology for fast drug screening, and for research on gel nanomaterials that could be used to control the delivery of drugs.[4][5]


  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004)[6]
  • University of Iowa Faculty Scholars Award
  • International Enzyme Engineering Award (2003) with Doug Clark
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (1996)
  • In 1992, Chairman of the Division of Biochemical Technology of the ACS
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989)
  • Inventor/co-inventor on 18 patents.[7]


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