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  • Craig Van Bruggen receives Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship.

    Craig Van Bruggen receives Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship

Craig Van Bruggen, a second-year graduate student working with Professor Theresa Reineke, has received a Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. He was honored for his academic record and professional promise. The fellowship includes a stipend of $25,000 plus tuition for up to 14 credits per semester.

Craig is interested in creating polymers for gene delivery, and his research is currently focused on designing novel polymers to deliver genome editing systems into stem cells, which has promise for treating numerous genetic diseases.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound. He plans to pursue a career in the field of biotechnology, and wants to continue research using synthetic polymer chemistry to take pressing biomedical challenges.

“Craig is very deserving of this fellowship for his creativity and hard work in the field of biomaterials,” said Reineke. “The fellowship will allow him to continue important collaborations with researchers and physicians in the University’s Center for Genome Engineering and Stem Cell Institute."

In his free time, Craig spends most of it rock climbing and exploring the outdoors as much as possible.