Richard Kohman, PhD
Research Scientist (previously held)
Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Synthetic Biology Platform

I am a research scientist who is intersted in the topic of personal identity from a genetic and neuroscientific perspective. I am also an engineer who is interested in how changing your genes or your brain activity changes who you are. At the heart of my interests is the classic nature/nurture debate - how much of who you are is the result of your “genes” and how much is the result of your personal life experiences? After centruries of philosophical debate and scientific investigation, I think the answer is clear - it’s always both and it’s all biology.

Postdoctoral Fellow (Previously held)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

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  1. Kohman RE, Kunjapur AM, Hysolli E, Wang Y, Church GM. From Designing the Molecules of Life to Designing Life: Future Applications Derived from Advances in DNA Technologies. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018 04 09; 57(16):4313-4328. PMID: 29316123; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201707976;
  2. Kohman RE, Cha SS, Man HY, Han X. Light-Triggered Release of Bioactive Molecules from DNA Nanostructures. Nano Lett. 2016 Apr 13; 16(4):2781-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26935839; PMCID: PMC4959465; DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b00530;
  3. Bleier BS, Kohman RE, Guerra K, Nocera AL, Ramanlal S, Kocharyan AH, Curry WT, Han X. Heterotopic Mucosal Grafting Enables the Delivery of Therapeutic Neuropeptides Across the Blood Brain Barrier. Neurosurgery. 2016 Mar; 78(3):448-57; discussion 457.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26352099; DOI: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000001016;
  4. Kohman RE, Han X. Light sensitization of DNA nanostructures via incorporation of photo-cleavable spacers. Chem Commun (Camb). 2015 Apr 4; 51(26):5747-50.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25720373; PMCID: PMC4394657; DOI: 10.1039/c5cc00082c;
  5. Kohman RE, Han X, Bleier BS. Heterotopic mucosal engrafting procedure for direct drug delivery to the brain in mice. J Vis Exp. 2014; (89).View Related Profiles. PMID: 25077554; PMCID: PMC4217501; DOI: 10.3791/51452;
  6. Zhang XX, Lamanna CM, Kohman RE, McIntosh TJ, Han X, Grinstaff MW. Lipid-mediated DNA and siRNA Transfection Efficiency Depends on Peptide Headgroup. Soft Matter. 2013 May 05; 9(17).View Related Profiles. PMID: 24391676; PMCID: PMC3878819; DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27633C;
  7. Bleier BS, Kohman RE, Feldman RE, Ramanlal S, Han X. Permeabilization of the blood-brain barrier via mucosal engrafting: implications for drug delivery to the brain. PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e61694.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23637885; PMCID: PMC3634848; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061694;
  8. Jeong JH, Schmidt JJ, Kohman RE, Zill AT, DeVolder RJ, Smith CE, Lai MH, Shkumatov A, Jensen TW, Schook LG, Zimmerman SC, Kong H. Leukocyte-mimicking stem cell delivery via in situ coating of cells with a bioactive hyperbranched polyglycerol. J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Jun 19; 135(24):8770-3. PMID: 23590123; PMCID: PMC3688670; DOI: 10.1021/ja400636d;
  9. Liang Y, Jensen TW, Roy EJ, Cha C, Devolder RJ, Kohman RE, Zhang BZ, Textor KB, Rund LA, Schook LB, Tong YW, Kong H. Tuning the non-equilibrium state of a drug-encapsulated poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel for stem and progenitor cell mobilization. Biomaterials. 2011 Mar; 32(7):2004-12. PMID: 21144582; PMCID: PMC3021707; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.11.021;
  10. Zill A, Rutz AL, Kohman RE, Alkilany AM, Murphy CJ, Kong H, Zimmerman SC. Clickable polyglycerol hyperbranched polymers and their application to gold nanoparticles and acid-labile nanocarriers. Chem Commun (Camb). 2011 Jan 28; 47(4):1279-81. PMID: 21103503; PMCID: PMC3297738; DOI: 10.1039/c0cc04096g;
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