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Joel Collier

Theodore Kennedy Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests


The design of biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications, with a focus on understanding and controlling adaptive immune responses. Most materials investigated are created from molecular assemblies- proteins, peptides or bioconjugates that self-organize into useful structures such as nanofibers, gels, and particles.

Selected Grants


University Training Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1994 - 2027

Supramolecular biomaterials for tuning the inflammatory properties of the complement system

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2027

Sublingual Supramolecular Vaccines and Immunotherapies

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2026

Duke Center for Advancement of Child Health (CAtCH).

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2026

Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEPreceptor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2025

University Training Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1994 - 2027

Supramolecular biomaterials for tuning the inflammatory properties of the complement system

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2027

Sublingual Supramolecular Vaccines and Immunotherapies

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2026

Duke Center for Advancement of Child Health (CAtCH).

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2026

Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEPreceptor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2025

Basic Immunology Training Program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2025

Supramolecular pediatric HIV vaccine design

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2025

Engineering Adaptive Immune Responses from Hydrogel Scaffolds to Promote Tissue Regeneration

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2025

Engineered immunotherapies neutralizing interleukin-22 binding protein

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2024

CIVICs A - Option 23C

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2023

Effects of storage method on intestinal allograft immune profile and viability

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by Department of Defense · 2019 - 2023

Creating the next generation peptide vaccine directed at cytomegalovirus antigens in malignant brain

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc. · 2022 - 2023

Supramolecular peptide immunotherapies for peanut allergy

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2021 - 2023

Immunomodulatory Biomaterials via Peptide and Protein Self-Assembly

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2009 - 2023

Acquisition of a Biacore T200 Surface Plasmon Resonance Instrument for Shared Use

EquipmentMajor User · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2022 - 2023

Novel Adjuvants and Carriers for Opiod Vaccines

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2014 - 2020

Pharmacological Sciences Training Program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEParticipating Faculty Member · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1975 - 2020

Supramolecular nanofiber vaccines

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2015 - 2019

4th Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Conference

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2019 - 2019

Supramolecular matrix materials for prostate cancer cell biology

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Illinois at Chicago · 2018 - 2019

Supramolecular matrix materials for prostate cancer cell biology

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Chicago · 2016 - 2018

Acquisition of a MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer System at Duke University

EquipmentMajor User · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2017 - 2018

Modular Biomaterials for Targeted Anti-Cytokine Immunotherapies

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2016 - 2017

External Relationships


  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Chicago

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