Adam J. Gormley

Assistant Professor, Graduate Admissions Co-Director

Biomedical Engineering

Office Hours: By appointment
Website: Gormley lab
Adam Gormley is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University and an expert in nanobiomaterials. Prior to Rutgers, Adam was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Karolinska Institutet (2016) and a Whitaker International Scholar at Imperial College London (2012-2015) in the laboratory of Professor Molly Stevens. He obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in the laboratory of Professor Hamid Ghandehari (2012), and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University (2006). In January 2017, Adam started the Gormley Lab which seeks to use robotics guided by artificial intelligence for therapeutic and regenerative medicine applications.


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Imperial College London & Karolinska Institutet, 2012-2016
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Utah, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2006


A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship

Whitaker International Scholarship

DOD CDMRP Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Professional Affiliations

Biomedical Engineering Society
Controlled Release Society

Research Interests

The Gormley Lab for bioinspired nanobiomaterials aims to develop synthetic nanomaterials that interface with and manipulate proteins. We do this using robotics guided by artificial intelligence to autonomously synthesize polymeric materials that self-assemble into bioactive structures. Target applications include tissue engineering, drug delivery, nanomedicine, and biosensing.

Selected Publications

  1. M. Tamasi, S. Kosuri, J. DiSteffano, R. Chapman, A.J. Gormley, 2020. Automation of Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization. Advanced Intelligent Systems. 2: 1900126. DOI: 10.1002/aisy.201900126
  2.  Z. Li, S. Kosuri, H. Foster, J. Cohen, C. Jumeaux, M.M. Stevens, R. Chapman, A.J. Gormley, 2019. A Dual Wavelength Polymerization and Bioconjugation Strategy for High Throughput Synthesis of Multivalent Ligands. Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). 141: 19823-19830. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b09899
  3. R. Upadhya, M. Kanagala, A.J. Gormley, 2019. Purifying low-volume and combinatorial polymer libraries with gel filtration columns. Macromolecular Rapid Communications. 40:1900528. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201900528
  4. R. Upadhya, S. Murthy, C. Hoop, S. Kosuri, V. Nanda, J. Kohn, J. Baum, A.J. Gormley, 2019. PET-RAFT and SAXS: High Throughput Tools to Study Compactness and Flexibility of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles. Macromolecules. 52: 8295-8304. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01923
  5. S. Oliver, L. Zhao, A.J. Gormley, R. Chapman, C. Boyer, 2019. Living in the Fast Lane—High Throughput Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization. Macromolecules (front cover). 52: 3-23. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01864
  6.  J. Yeow, R. Chapman, A.J. Gormley, C. Boyer, 2018. Up in the air: oxygen tolerance in controlled/living radical polymerization. Chemical Society Reviews (front cover). 47: 4357-4387. DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00587C
  7. A.J. Gormley, J. Yeow, G. Ng, Ó. Conway, C. Boyer, R. Chapman, 2018. An Oxygen‐Tolerant PET‐RAFT Polymerization for Screening Structure–Activity Relationships. Angewandte Chemie. 130: 1573-1578. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201711044
  8. R. Chapman and A.J. Gormley,  et al., 2016. Combinatorial low-volume synthesis of well-defined polymers by enzyme degassing. Angewandte Chemie. 128: 4576-4579. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201600112
  9. A.J. Gormley, et al., 2015. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of polymer films and capsules through coiled-coil peptides. Chemistry of Materials. 27: 5820-5824. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b02514
  10. R. Chapman* and A.J. Gormley*,  et al., 2014. Highly controlled open vessel RAFT polymerizations by enzyme degassing. Macromolecules. 47: 8541-8547. DOI: 10.1021/ma5021209
  11.  A.J. Gormley*, R. Chapman*, M.M. Stevens, 2014. Polymerization amplified detection for nanoparticle-based biosensing. Nano Letters. 14: 6368-6373. DOI: 10.1021/nl502840h
  12. A.J. Gormley, et al., 2013. Plasmonic photothermal therapy increases the tumor mass penetration of HPMA copolymers. Journal of Controlled Release. 166: 130-138.
  13.  A.J. Gormley* and N. Larson*, et al., 2012. Guided delivery of polymer therapeutics using plasmonic photothermal therapy. Nano Today. 7: 158-167.