Suzie H. Pun, PhD

Robert F. Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington

Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Dr. Suzie Pun, PhD, is the Robert F. Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering, an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering. She is a fellow of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2015, a high professional distinction given to academic inventors who demonstrate a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and societal welfare. Dr. Pun was also named an American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow and an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador in 2015. She received the Controlled Release Society Young Investigator Award in 2014, the Junior Faculty Innovator Award from the University of Washington College of Engineering in 2008, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2006, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award in 2005. In 2004, Dr. Pun received the National Hemophilia Foundation Career Development Award and the Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award from the University of Washington. She was recognized as a “Top 100 Young Innovator” with MIT Technology Review’s TR100 Award in 2002. Dr. Pun has also received numerous distinguished teaching and mentoring awards from the University of Washington, including the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award in 2018. Her research focus is on developing bioinspired materials for medical applications. Recently, bioengineers in Dr. Pun’s research group, along with collaborators from UW Emergency Medicine and Chemical Engineering, developed PolySTAT, an injectable polymer that helps strengthen blood clots to stop uncontrolled bleeding. She also investigates improved methods for drug delivery to the central nervous system, and detection and treatment of cancer. Dr. Pun worked as a Senior Scientist at Insert Therapeutics/Calando Pharmaceuticals developing polymeric drug delivery systems before joining the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in 2003. She received her BS in chemical engineering from Stanford University, and her MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.