Tayhas Palmore is an associate professor of engineering and medical science at Brown University, where she teaches and conducts research on biomaterials. Her research centers on two of the most important challenges in engineering today: controlling the interface between biology and an engineered material at the molecular scale and utilizing the resulting biomaterials to create new enabling technologies. She has approached these two challenges using a combination of fundamental studies on the self-assembly of both small and large molecular systems and applied studies that utilize these assemblies in novel bioelectronic devices such as biofuel cells.
During her fellowship year, Palmore will study biopolymer composites and test their viability in supporting cultures of adherent cells. A primary goal of this research will be to use the biopolymer composites to build novel microelectronic circuits that respond and adapt to a changing environment.
After receiving her PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Palmore conducted postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. She has received postdoctoral fellowship awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ford Foundation and a CAREER Award from the NSF. In 2002, Palmore cofounded the Center for Biomedical Engineering and a corresponding PhD program at Brown University. She currently serves on the editorial board of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design. The NSF, the National Institutes of Health, the Whitaker Foundation, and various agencies within the Department of Defense support her research.