Eric Appel: Gels are changing the face of engineering … and medicine – Stanford University News

Readers of Eric Appels academic profile will note appointments in materials science, bioengineering and pediatrics, as well as fellowship appointments in the ChEM-H institute for human health research and the Woods Institute for the Environment. While the breadth of these appointments does not leap to mind as being particularly consistent, the connections quickly emerge for those who hear Appel talk about his research.

Appel is an expert in gels, those wiggly, jiggly materials that arent quite solid, but not quite liquid either. Gels in-betweenness is precisely what gets engineers like Appel excited about them. Appel has used gels for everything from new-age fire retardants that can proactively prevent forest fires to improved drug and vaccine delivery mechanisms for everything from diabetes to COVID-19. Hence the appointments across engineering and medicine.

Listen in with host and bioengineer Russ Altman as Appel explains to Stanford Engineerings The Future of Everything podcast why gels could be the future of science. Listen and subscribe here.

Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, of genetics, of medicine (general medical discipline), of biomedical data science and, by courtesy, of computer science.

Eric Appel, Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering, by courtesy, of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and Center Fellow, by courtesy, at The Woods Institute For The Environment

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