Joining the Hartgerink research group

Graduate Students If you are already enrolled at Rice and are interested in learning more about research possibilities, please call me or send me an email to set up an appointment so that we can discuss options.

For the Fall of 2012 I expect to take 1 or 2 graduate students from the chemistry or bioengineering program into my lab. If you are interested in joining, some things you should do include:
  • Read the papers linked from this web site. Particularly those published in 2008 to the present.
  • Attend our group meeting which is held most Tuesdays at 5pm in the BRC, 3rd floor.
  • Talk to my graduate students about their projects, interests, likes and dislikes.
  • eMail me to set up a time to meet and talk about research possibilities.

If you are not currently enrolled at Rice I strongly encourage you to complete your application to the department of chemistry (or bioengineering) at Rice. Until you have completed your application I cannot make any guarantee about if you would be able to join my laboratory due to the number of people who are interested. If you have additional questions about the application process you will find answers at:

Application to the Department of Chemistry:

More information can be obtained by contacting the graduate admissions staff:


Graduate Admissions
Department of Chemistry, MS-60
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Application to the Department of Bioengineering:

Undergraduate Studies

Who: Rice Undergraduates majoring in Chemistry or related physical science who have completed both CHEM 211 and CHEM 212 with a B+ or better.

When: The best time to start undergraduate research is in the summer after having completed one year of organic chemistry. Starting research in the summer after your freshman year is encouraged! In some cases students may be able to begin in a Fall or Spring semester. Summer internships are typically 10 weeks long and require approximately 40 hours per week. Ideally students should inquire regarding summer research positions in January or February to have the best chance of obtaining a paid position. If the summer research internship is successful, students are encouraged to enroll in CHEM 491 in the Fall and Spring semesters to continue their research. During the normal academic years students will be required to sign up for a minimum of 3 credit hours and will be expected to be in the lab a minimum of 12 hours plus a 1-2 hour group meeting each week.

What: Students will begin by learning solid phase peptide synthesis, HPLC purification, mass spectrometry, circular dichroism polarimetry (CD) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Depending on the direction of their research, more advanced students will investigate peptide self-assembly, the kinetics and thermodynamics of peptide folding, assembled peptide nanostructure, peptide materials properties, and the bioactive properties of designed peptide materials.