Dr. Paul Weiss

UC Presidential Chair and distinguished professor of chemistry, bioengineering, and materials science at UCLA

Paul S. Weiss is a nanoscientist and holds a UC Presidential Chair and is a distinguished professor of chemistry, bioengineering, and materials science at UCLA. Previously, Dr. Weiss held the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences and was the director of the California NanoSystems Institute. He has received numerous honors and awards throughout his career, including the 2019 IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, AAAS, ACS, AIMBE, APS, AVS, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Chemical Research Society of India, Chinese Chemical Society, IEEE, and MRS. Dr. Weiss was the founding editor-in-chief of ACS Nano, the leading scientific journal in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Dr. Weiss led, coauthored, and published the technology roadmaps for the BRAIN Initiative and the U.S. Microbiome Initiative. He has co-authored over 400 research publications and holds over 40 US and international patents. Dr. Weiss studies the ultimate limits of miniaturization, developing new tools and methods for atomic-resolution and spectroscopic imaging and chemical patterning. He applies these advances in other areas including quantum information, sensing, neuroscience, microbiome studies, tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and high-throughput gene editing. Dr. Weiss leads an interdisciplinary research group that includes engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, clinicians, materials scientists, neuroscientists, and others.

Dr. Weiss obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively, before embarking on a career that has taken him to several prestigious institutions, including Bell Labs, IBM Almaden Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.