Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty

Adjunct Professor


University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

ChemE Research Areas: 


2010  Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
2007  ACS Young Investigator Award, Biochemical Technology Division 
2006  Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award
2005  National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2005  Keynote Lecturer, FOSBE Meeting
2003  Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Research Award

Research Description: 

  • Molecular Recognition Tools: Molecular recognition discovery processes developed by the Daugherty group have provided fundamentally new capabilities to create peptides with remarkable specificity for their target(s) while simultaneously accelerating the pace of their discovery. 
  • Antibody Repertoire Analysis: We have developed a new antibody biomarker discovery method that provides the opportunity to discover diagnostically useful biomarkers for unmet medical needs. With clinical collaborators, we are  applying these methods to develop reagents suitable for clinical diagnostic development.
  • Therapeutic Protein Design. We are creating peptide-based probes that enable quantitative measurements of protease activity in living organisms. In particular we are constructing novel activity-based molecular probes to elucidate the functions of proteases involved in cancer progression.


BS: Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1993)
PhD: Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin (1999)