Executive Advisory Council Member
Year Started at JMU: 2020

Specialties & Experience

Dr. Forstater has expertise in biophysical characterization, biocatalysis, enzyme immobilization, chemical engineering, developing and deploying enzyme cascades for pharmaceutical synthesis, and management of protein burden in biocatalytic processes. His experience ranges from developing platform technologies for enzyme-immobilization and self-assembling biomaterials, to creating novel sensors and algorithms for single molecule DNA sequencing. 

Specialties and interests: biotechnology, biosensors, next-gen sequencing (NGS), antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) and biotherapeutics, nanopore sensors, single-molecule biophysics, enzyme immobilization, protein aggregation, biomaterials, microcalorimetry (ITC, DSC), TGA, surface chemistry, colloids, nanoparticles, nanomaterial synthesis, solid state NMR, dynamic light scattering (DLS), python, data science, biocatalysis

  • PhD in Physics, 2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BS in Physics, 2007, James Madison University
Current & Former Affiliations
  • Merck
    • Senior Scientist, 2017-Present
  • Columbia University 
    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, 2014-2016
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • Guest Researcher, 2014-2016
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Research Assistant, 2008-2013
    • Teaching Assistant, 2007-2009
  • James Madison University
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2005-2007

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