Chris Diehnelt, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Center for Innovations in Medicine at The Biodesign Institute
Arizona State University
Dr. Chris Diehnelt is an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Innovations in Medicine in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2001 under the supervision of Emile Schweikert. He has worked for Waters Corporation and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the US EPA prior to joining the Biodesign Institute in 2005.
His research focuses on the development of technologies for producing high-affinity, high-specificity protein binding ligands, called synbodies, which can be used for protein purification, diagnostics, and therapeutics. He is one of the inventors of the synbody technology, with 7 patent filings, and has authored 12 peer-reviewed publications. His group is currently funded by DARPA to develop a system that can produce a synbody therapeutic to an unknown bacterial or viral pathogen in seven days.