Harald Nuhn

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Harald Nuhn

Sr. Research Associate

Dr. Nuhn is a member of the Vascular Nanostructures and Topographies Program. His responsibilities include research and development of nano-engineered surfaces and materials, designing preclinical studies as well as business development.

Dr. Nuhn initiated and leads the high-resolution 3D printing effort at UCSF, where he purchased and maintains two high resolution 3D-printers and advances their capabilities towards using this technology in the medical device space.

Before starting his post-doctoral work, Harald worked at the Proteomics Core Facility at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), where he was lead in developing new methods for enriching and identifying phospho-proteins and -peptides, resulting in powerful labeling protocols for quantitative proteomics. Part of the research was in collaboration with Dr. R. Luthi-Carter at the Laboratory of Functional Neurogenomics (EPFL), which focused on the molecular mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease.

While being a post-doctoral fellow at Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at UCSF, headed by Professor Tejal A. Desai, he worked on the nano-engineered surfaces and materials project with AMI-USC. During this time, he successfully developed and advanced the technology to introduce nanostructures on complex 3D geometries, such as medical devices. Prior to UCSF, Harald was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on a microfluidic device to encapsulate and isolate single adipose stem cells.

In parallel to his ongoing scientific activity, Dr. Nuhn works with Life Science Angels (LSA), the premier angel investment group solely focused on healthcare investing, specifically in medical devices, molecular and other diagnostics, mHealth, and biotechnology. For 2013, he was elected co-chair of the device screening committee. He also is actively involved in LSAs mentoring program. While writing his PhD thesis, he successfully completed business administration and financing courses offered by the Swiss Confederation’s Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI, Geneva) and the School of Management of Technology (MoT, Lausanne). Prior to his PhD studies, Harald worked for one year at a biotech start-up (Symbiotec GmbH, Germany). He also worked as a freelancer for several software companies, successfully completing major projects.

Dr. Nuhn received his PhD in Materials Science at Dr. H.-A. Klok’s group at the Laboratoire des Polymères (EPFL). His PhD thesis focused on the synthesis and characterization of peptide and peptide-hybrid materials for applications in the field of nano-bio-technology. He received his diploma in Technical Biology and Bionics, a highly interdisciplinary field of research at the interface of biology and engineering, at the University of Saarbrücken (Dr. W. Nachtigall, Germany). The focus was set on biochemistry, materials science (bio-materials, polymers, smart materials), and bio-cybernetics.

Dr. Nuhn may be contacted at nuhn AT usc DOT edu.

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