Research Interests

The Tu group are interested in mimicking biomolecular self-assembly using a set of rationally designed peptide-based building blocks. These peptides combine elements that direct assembly with elements responsible for natural-binding interactions into a hybrid molecule. The design and application of such ‘bottom-up’ assemblies requires precision synthesis, predictive folding algorithms, and accurate characterization of self-assembly.



  • JV Badami, P Desir, RS Tu, Integration of surface-active, periodically sequenced peptides into lipid-based microbubbles, Langmuir, 2014, 30 (29), 8839-8847
  • L Shi, P Palacio-Mancheno, J Badami, DW Shin, M Zeng, L Cardoso, R Tu, BM Fu, Quantification of transient increase of the blood–brain barrier permeability to macromolecules by optimized focused ultrasound combined with microbubbles, Intr. Jour. Nanomedicine, 2014, 9, 4437-4448
  • MB Kubilius, RS Tu, R Anderson, Integrating the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Via a Recurring Laboratory, Chemical Engineering Education, 2014, in press,
  • JS Haghpanah, RS Tu, S Da Silva, D Yan, S Mueller, C Weder, EJ Foster, I Sacui, JW Gilman, JK Montclare, Bionanocomposites: Differential Effects of Cellulose Nanocrystals on Protein Diblock Copolymer, Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14 (12), 4360-4367


Job History

  • 2013 - Current : Associate Professor, CCNY
  • 2006 - 2013 : Assistant Professor, CCNY
  • 2001 - 2003 : Postdoctoral Research Associate, GaTech
  • 1998 - 2001 : PhD, UC, Santa Barbara
  • 1992 - 1998 : BS, Unversity of Florida