Nicole F. Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering | George J. Picha Designated Professor in Biomaterials  |  Director, Center for Bio-Nanotechnology

Dr. Steinmetz is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the George J. Picha Designated Professor in Biomaterials at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Steinmetz serves as the Director for the Center for Bio-Nanotechnology. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Steinmetz Lab focused on the development of plant virus-nanotechnologies for applications in biotechnology and medicine. Dr. Steinmetz holds secondary and trainer appointments in the Departments of Radiology, Materials Science and Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Pathology, Pharmacology, Molecular Virology, and Division of General Medical Sciences-Oncology; she is a member of Case Center for Imaging Research and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Steinmetz trained at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA where she was a NIH K99/R00 awardee and AHA post-doctoral fellow (2007-2010); she obtained her PhD in Bionanotechnology from the University of East Anglia where she prepared her dissertation as a Marie Curie Early Stage Training Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK (2004-2007). Her early training was at the RWTH-Aachen University in Germany, where she obtained her Diploma (Masters) in Molecular Biotechnology (2001-2004) after completing her pre-Diploma from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (1998-2001).

Dr. Steinmetz serves on the Editorial Board of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) on Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology; she serves on the Advisory Editorial Board for the ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics. Dr. Steinmetz has chaired symposia at American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, and Foundations of Nanosciences; and she served as Chair of the Gordon Conference of Physical Virology (2015). 

Dr.Steinmetz has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and patents; she has authored and edited books on Virus-based nanotechnology. Research in the Steinmetz Lab is funded through grants from federal agencies, including National Institute of Health (R01s, R21s), National Science Foundation (including an NSF CAREER), and Department of Energy, as well as private foundations, including Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Steinmetz has been awarded grants as PI and Co-PI totaling $18+ million in total costs.


  • 2017 George J. Picha Designated Professorship in Biomaterials
  • 2017 AIMBE Fellow | American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • 2016  Ohio  Cancer Research Singular Sensations Honoree
  • 2016 Daniela Pucci Prize at NanoPlasm 2016
  • 2016 American Cancer Society (ACS) Research Scholar Award
  • 2015 CWRU's Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring 
  • 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • 2015 YoungInnovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society
  • 2015 Chair of Gordon Research Conference of Physical Virology
  • 2014 Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Grant
  • 2014 Crain's Cleveland Business Forty under 40 Awardee
  • 2011 Mt.Sinai Scholar, Case Western Reserve University          
  • 2009 K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (NIH/NIBIB)
  • 2008 American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2007 British Science Federation Communication Award, Category New Researcher
  • 2006 Finalist for the European Young Chemists Award, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2006 Awarded Participation at Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners in Lindau, Germany
  • 2006 Bryan Harrison Award, International Conference on Advances in Plant Virology, Warwick, UK
  • 2004 Marie Curie Early Stage Training Fellowship 
  • 2004 Awarded Springorum Denkmuenze, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
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