Abigail Knight

Abigail Knight

Assistant Professor

   Caudill Laboratories 319
   919-445-1187
   aknight@unc.edu
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    Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Bioinspired Materials, Chemical Biology, Polymer Chemistry


Professional Background

B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010; Ph.D. with Professor Matthew Francis at University of California at Berkeley, 2015; Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Craig Hawker, University of California Santa Barbara, 2015-2018


Research Synopsis

The Knight group focuses on designing novel macromolecular materials with functions inspired by biological systems. These materials will generate platforms of new biomimetic polymeric architectures addressing growing concerns in treating, diagnosing, and preventing human disease.

This research bridges the fields of chemical biology and polymer chemistry using characterization and synthetic tools including polymer and solid-phase synthesis and nanomaterial characterization. Specific project areas include: (1) developing a new class of peptide-polymer amphiphiles inspired by metalloproteins, (2) designing well-defined polymer bioconjugates for biosensing, and (3) evolving functional biomimetic polymers.

News & Publications

Amphiphile Self-Assembly

Inspired by marine siderophores that exhibit a morphological shift upon metal coordination, researchers...