Gabriel R. Burks

Gabriel Burks

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering




205B McCourtney Hall of Molecular Sciences and Engineering

Areas of Interest

Our research group uses multimodal materials characterization approaches, custom developed Liquid Phase Transmission Electron Microscopy (LPEM) methods, and advanced electron microscopy techniques to study structural evolution, assembly, and function of soft and biological materials. Our work is motivated by mechanisms, kinetic pathways, and visualization of molecular interactions and soft material organization at the smallest of length scales.

  • Automated Materials Synthesis – Manufacturing nanomaterials of the future with hydrodynamically directed and machine learning assisted soft confinement of polymers
  • Synthesis of Soft Matter Organelles – Designing and visualizing confined soft matter vesicles that simulate biological communication and transport
  • Tau Protein Foldopathies – Mechanisms of healthy and unhealthy tau protein assembly, disassembly, and misfolding


Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, Drexel University, 2018
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Drexel University, 2013
B.S., Physics, Grambling State University, 2011