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  • Will Hughes
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
  • 302D, Micron Engineering Center (MEC)
  • Boise State University
  • 1910 University Drive
  • Boise, ID, 83725-2075

I run the Hughes Lab at Boise State University. I joined OpenWetWare because I would like to: 1) create a dynamic group web page to archive information, 2) share resources with the synthetic biology community, 3) gain access to researchers focused on DNA-based Nanotechnology, and 4) establish future collaborations that are mutually supportive.


  • Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Oxide Nanostructures for Piezoelectric Applications
  • Minor: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Sensors and Probes
  • December 2006

  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • Thesis: Thin Film Metal-Metal Composites
  • Minor: Bioengineering
  • May 2001


Dr. William L. Hughes, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, joined Boise State University (BSU) in August 2008. His current research interest is biomaterials science. Dr. Hughes holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Bioengineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He also holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Physical, Chemical, and Biological Sensors/Probes from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). His Ph.D. thesis explored the synthesis and characterization of novel nanostructures for piezoelectric applications.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Hughes was a National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) Post-Doctoral Fellow, as well as an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly, Dr. Hughes incorporated service-learning into the Materials Engineering Department's Triple bottom line Awareness in Design (TriAD) curricular approach. Service-learning projects placed equal emphasis on economics, the environment, and social imperatives. Research objectives included enhancing supporting course content knowledge, promoting social and civic responsibility, developing empathy for others, and increasing retention among women and underrepresented individuals in Materials Engineering.

Dr. Hughes is the recipient of: 1) Cal Poly President's Community Service Award in 2008, 2) Inaugural Paul Bonderson Materials Fellowship in 2007, 3) Tools and Techniques in Nanoscience Fellowship in 2006, 4) National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Student and Teacher Enhancement Partnership (STEP) Fellowship in 2005, 5) Office of Naval Research (ONR) Molecular Design Institute (MDI) Fellowship in 2003, 6) Georgia Tech External Advisory Board Fellowship in 2001, and 7) Buddy McCracken Award in 1996.

Research interests

  1. Biomaterials
  2. Nanomaterials
  3. Synthetic Biology
  4. DNA Nanotechnology

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