Prof. Ali Miserez earned his undergraduate (1998) and PhD (2003) in Materials Science and Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His final-year project was carried out on an exchange program at Northwestern University (Evanston near Chicago). For his PhD, he specialized in metallurgy and mechanics of materials, doing his research in the field of metal matrix composites and fracture mechanics. After he completed his PhD, in 2004 he obtained a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) post-doctoral fellowship to explore new horizons and he started a post-doc in the field of biological materials and biomimetics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) notably working alongside Prof. Herbert Waite. Having the freedom of an individual fellowship allowed him to dig into the biological and biochemistry fields, with the goal to gain expertise at the frontier of Physical and Life sciences. This allowed him to expand his research towards biomimetics, bio-inspired materials, and structure / biochemistry / properties relationships of hard and soft tissues. He also took part of a program sponsored by the International Center for Materials Research (ICMR), aimed at developing research exchanges between Western and Developing countries. Under this program, he spent 3 months at theInstitut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Western Java, Indonesia, where he initiated a research collaboration and taught a class for the graduate curriculum. He joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) as an Assistant Professor in September 2009, establishing an interdisciplinary research group in the field of biological and bio-inspired materials. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship, a $3 Million individual research grant for early career scientists. In 2016, Prof. Ali Miserez was promoted to Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Schools of MSE and Biological Sciences (SBS) at NTU. In 2021, he was promoted to Full Professor in the School of MSE.
Dr. Miserez’s current research is centered on revealing the molecular, physico-chemical, and structural principles from unique biological materials, and on translating these designs into novel biomimetic materials. His research group is strongly cross-disciplinary, with molecular biologists, chemists, structural biologists, and materials scientists combining their expertise towards bioinspired engineering from various angles, including protein biochemistry, extra-cellular tissue transcriptomic, polymer chemistry, biomimetic peptide design, biophysics, and nanomechanics. His work as a leading author has appeared in diverse journals, both of general interest and specialized fields including in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Chemical Biology, Advanced Materials. Biomacromolecules, ACS Nano, JBC, Polymer Chemistry, JACS, PNAS, etc. He has delivered hundreds invited talks at many international Academic Institutions as well as at international conferences such as Gordon Research Conferences in the field of bioinspired materials, biomineralization, and biointerfaces.