Dr. Eric Simanek
Dr. Simanek’s interests include education and basic scientific research. Educational efforts include the creation of the TCU IdeaFactory, direction of the First Year (General) Chemistry Program while at Texas A&M University, the creation of teaching materials including laboratory manuals and coauthoring an organic textbook as well as the creation of new courses. Some of these education efforts have been supported by the National Science Foundation.
An organic chemist, Dr. Simanek’s research focuses on the use of tree-shaped polymers to fight and diagnose disease. His current interests include drug delivery for cancer, septic shock, and heavy metal poisoning. Dr. Simanek’s laboratory has explored the use of these polymers gene therapy and diagnostic medical imaging. Agencies that have supported his research include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the USDA, the FDA, and DARPA.