Chelsea Fries

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Chelsea received her BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2016. She is a PhD student in Joel Collier’s group.

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Research Interests:

The effects morphology and mechanical properties on immune responses to self-assembled peptide materials

Awards and Fellowships

Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) MedX Small Grant
Taggart Design Award, Northwestern Biomedical Engineering
Mickelson Design Award, McCormick School of Engineering
Undergraduate Research Award, Northwestern Biomedical Engineering
Honors in Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
McCormick School of Engineering Summer Research Awards


Yaoying Wu, Pamela Norberg, Chelsea Fries, Elizabeth Reap, Vincent P Conticello, Joel Collier. A self adjuvanting vaccine platform based on alpha helical peptide nanofibers. 2017. (submitted)

Chelsea Fries, Kelly Hainline, Joel Collier. Clinical Development of Supramolecular Polypeptide Biomaterials. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2017 (submitted)


Devang R Amin, Daria Zelasko-Leon, Chelsea Fries, Devin G Barrett, Brian S Chapman, Joseph B Tracy, Phillip B Messersmith. Bio-Inspired Coating of Gold Nanorods with Antimicrobial Polyphenols. Presented at: 10th World Biomaterials Conference; 2016, May 17-22; Montreal, Canada.

Chelsea N Fries, Yaoying Wu, Joel H Collier. Supramolecular tools for modulating the morphology of self-assembled helical peptide nanofibers. Presented at Vanderbilt Biomaterials Day; 2017, August 4; Nashville, Tennessee.

Chelsea N Fries, Yaoying Wu, Joel H Collier. A helical capping system for controlling the aspect ratio of supramolecular nanofibers. To be presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting; 2017, October 11-14; Phoenix, Arizona.