Benjamin Schuster

Benjamin Schuster

Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Office:Engineering Building C163
Website:Schuster Lab
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Dr. Benjamin Schuster began his career at Rutgers in January 2019 after completing his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the lab of Daniel A. Hammer, Ennis Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Schuster’s research focuses on developing novel protein-based materials for applications in biocatalysis and in understanding human disease. His technologies are engineered from intrinsically disordered proteins that self-assemble, utilizing approaches from bio-inspired soft materials, synthetic biology, and biophysics. Dr. Schuster received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. His Ph.D. research in bionanotechnology was supervised by Prof. Justin Hanes, and his undergraduate advisor was Prof. David Odde. Dr. Schuster is the recipient of a National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH NRSA awardee), University of Pennsylvania, 2014-2018
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, with high distinction, 2008


  • National Institutes of Health NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016 – 2018
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine Award for Research Excellence 2014
  • University of Minnesota Presidential Scholarship 2004 – 2008
  • University of Minnesota Bentson Family Scholarship 2004 – 2008

Professional Affiliations

2019-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University
2019-present: Member of the Graduate Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University

Research Interests

Bio-inspired materials, protein engineering, cellular and molecular bioengineering, synthetic biology, soft matter, intrinsically disordered proteins, membrane-less organelles.