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Duncan, Gregg

Duncan, Gregg

Assistant Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
4116 A. James Clark Hall


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Florida State University
  • Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Biophysical Society
  • Controlled Release Society
  • American Thoracic Society

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2022: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal Young Innovator Award
  • 2021: BMES Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award
  • 2021: BIOE Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2021: NSF CAREER Award
  • 2020: BMES-CMBE Rising Star Award
  • 2019: Langmuir Early Career Advisory Board Member
  • 2018: Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award
  • 2017: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface

Complex biological fluids & interfaces, nanoparticle drug delivery, viral gene delivery, respiratory infection, lung diseases

Our research is focused on using nanotechnology and bioengineering as tools to broaden understanding of the lung airway microenvironment in order to develop state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. These efforts are built on our group’s expertise in designing novel measurement schemes and bioengineered models, capable of shedding new light on previously unstudied aspects of the lung airways. The nature of this work requires an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach where we work closely with basic and clinical scientists in order to successfully work towards our research goals. Specific areas of interest in our laboratory include:

  • Lung airway mucus clearance in health & disease
  • Host-pathogen interactions in respiratory infections (e.g. influenza)
  • Engineering mucin biomaterials for biology & medicine
  • Overcoming biological barriers to drug & gene delivery

BIOE331 - Biofluids

BIOE689R - Biopolymers

Recent articles:

  • Cahn D, Amosu M, Maisel K, Duncan GA. “Biomaterials for intranasal and inhaled vaccine delivery”. Nature Reviews Bioengineering​. 1-2, 2023.
  • Song D, Iverson E, Kaler L, Boboltz A, Scull MA, Duncan GA. “MUC5B mobilizes and MUC5AC spatially aligns mucociliary transport on human airway epithelium”. Science Advances​. 8, eabq504, 2022.
  • Cahn D, Duncan GA. "High-Density Branched PEGylation for Nanoparticle Drug Delivery". Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. 15, 355–366, 2022.
  • Kaler L, Joyner K, Duncan GA. "Machine Learning Informed Prediction of Nanoparticle Mobility and Fate in the Mucus Barrier". APL Bioengineering. 6, 026103, 2022.

Full listing of publications available on Google Scholar.

Maryland Engineers Awarded Grants to Address Humanity's Grand Challenges

Twelve projects led by or involving Maryland Engineering faculty have been awarded funding through the Grand Challenges Grants Program, the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind ever introduced at the University of Maryland.

Clearing the Airways

UMD Bioengineers’ Discoveries Could Point to Precision Therapies for Asthma, Pulmonary Diseases

UMD Bioengineering #1 in CMBE Young Innovator Awards

BIOE's Gregg Duncan & Katharina Maisel were named 2022 Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovators. 

Duncan Named BMES 2021 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award Honoree

Duncan is the second Rita Schaffer Award recipient from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering.

Celebrating 14 Participants of 2021 BIOE REU Program

The BIOE REU program promotes collaboration between UMD and the FDA, making it unlike any other in the country

ChBE Professors Taylor Woehl and Chen Zhang Receive NSF CAREER Award

Woehl and Zhang join four other Clark School faculty members who received CAREERs earlier this year.

Duncan Earns NSF Career Award to Advance Gene Therapy

BIOE assistant professor Gregg Duncan was named the recipiento of the NSF's prestigious CAREER Award.

Student Researchers Recognized with Wylie Dissertation Fellowships

Fourteen Clark School students pursuing their Ph.D.s in engineering have been awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Four Clark School Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

Shelby Bensi, Gregg Duncan, Katrina Groth and Katharina Maisel are recipients of NSF CAREER grants.

Stories Beyond DNA

Dr. Gregg Duncan reflects on connecting DNA test results with one’s family history in Science feature.

BIOE Capstone Class Virtually Presents 24 Novel Projects

BIOE seniors present Capstone projects and celebrate winners virtually.

Duncan Receives UMD Coronavirus Seed Fund Award

This will advance Duncan and his lab's work on bio-inspired hydrogels for detection of aerosolized COVID-19.

Maryland Engineers Receive Coronavirus Research Seed Fund Awards

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a torrent of creativity from researchers eager to help society through this difficult passage.

Duncan Named 2020 CMBE Rising Star

BIOE assistant professor receives Biomedical Engineering Society recognition.

Duncan, Maisel Recognized by American Lung Association

Bioengineering assistant professors awarded grants to advance lung health research.

Duncan Earns Powe Award for Early Career Research

BIOE Assistant Professor recognized for efforts to advance study of gene therapy applications.

Duncan Awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award

Newly appointed BIOE assistant professor recognized for efforts to advance pulmonary health research