• Adjunct Professor, Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Engineering


  • Heckenhauer J, Frandsen PB, Gupta DK, Paule J, Prost S, Schell T, Schneider JV, Stewart RJ & Pauls SU (2020). Annotated Draft Genomes of Two Caddisfly Species Plectrocnemia conspersa CURTIS and Hydropsyche tenuis NAVAS (Insecta: Trichoptera). Genome biology and evolution. Vol. 11, 3445-3451. Published, 02/01/2020.
  • Frandsen PB, Bursell MG, Taylor AM, Wilson SB, Steeneck A & Stewart RJ (2020). Exploring the underwater silken architectures of caddisworms: comparative silkomics across two caddisfly suborders. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. Vol. 374, 20190206. Published, 02/01/2020.
  • Ashton NN & Stewart RJ (2019). Aquatic caddisworm silk is solidified by environmental metal ions during the natural fiber-spinning process. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Vol. 33, 572-583. Published, 07/01/2019.
  • Dubin P & Stewart RJ (2018). Complex coacervation. Soft matter. Vol. 14, 329-330. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Song IT & Stewart RJ (2018). Complex coacervation of Mg(ii) phospho-polymethacrylate, a synthetic analog of sandcastle worm adhesive phosphoproteins. Soft matter. Vol. 14, 379-386. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Stewart RJ, Wang CS, Song IT & Jones JP (2018). The role of coacervation and phase transitions in the sandcastle worm adhesive system. Advances in colloid and interface science. Vol. 239, 88-96. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Lane DD, Fessler AK, Goo S, Williams DL & Stewart RJ (2017). Sustained tobramycin release from polyphosphate double network hydrogels. Acta biomaterialia. Vol. 50, 484-492. Published, 11/01/2017.
  • Papanna R, Moise KJ, Mann LK, Fletcher S, Schniederjan R, Bhattacharjee MB, Stewart RJ, Kaur S, Prabhu SP & Tseng SC (2016). Cryopreserved human umbilical cord patch for in-utero spina bifida repair. Ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology : the official journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Vol. 47, 168-76. Published, 02/01/2016.
  • Wang CS, Pan H, Weerasekare GM & Stewart RJ (2015). Peroxidase-catalysed interfacial adhesion of aquatic caddisworm silk. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society. Vol. 12. Published, 10/01/2015.
  • Lane DD, Kaur S, Weerasakare GM & Stewart RJ (2015). Toughened hydrogels inspired by aquatic caddisworm silk. Soft matter. Vol. 11, 6981-90. Published, 08/01/2015.
  • Papanna R, Mann LK, Tseng SC, Stewart RJ, Kaur SS, Swindle MM, Kyriakides TR, Tatevian N & Moise KJ (2015). Cryopreserved human amniotic membrane and a bioinspired underwater adhesive to seal and promote healing of iatrogenic fetal membrane defect sites. Placenta. Vol. 36, 888-94. Published, 08/01/2015.
  • Ashton NN & Stewart RJ (2015). Self-recovering caddisfly silk: energy dissipating, Ca(2+)-dependent, double dynamic network fibers. Soft matter. Vol. 11, 1667-76. Published, 02/01/2015.
  • Wang CS, Ashton NN, Weiss RB & Stewart RJ (2014). Peroxinectin catalyzed dityrosine crosslinking in the adhesive underwater silk of a casemaker caddisfly larvae, Hysperophylax occidentalis. Insect biochemistry and molecular biology. Vol. 54, 69-79. Published, 12/01/2014.
  • Peroxinectin catalyzed dityrosine crosslinking in the adhesive underwater silk of a casemaker caddisfly larvae, Hesperophylax occidentalis. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 54:69-79. Published, 09/01/2014.
  • Addison JB, Weber WS, Mou Q, Ashton NN, Stewart RJ, Holland GP & Yarger JL (2014). Reversible assembly of β-sheet nanocrystals within caddisfly silk. Biomacromolecules. Vol. 15, 1269-75. Published, 04/01/2014.
  • Complex coacervates as a foundation for synthetic underwater adhesives. Adv Colloid Interface Sci 14;167(1-2):85-93. Published, 09/2011.
  • Enzymatic triggered release of an HIV-1 entry inhibitor from prostate specific antigen degradable microparticles. Int J Pharm 15;413(1-2):10-18. Published, 07/2011.
  • Natural Underwater Adhesives. J Polym Sci B Polym Phys (11):757-771. Published, 06/2011.
  • Mapping granular structure in the biological adhesive of Phragmatopoma californica using phase diverse coherent diffractive imaging. Ultramicroscopy 111:1184–1188. Published, 04/2011.
  • Multiphase Adhesive Coacervates Inspired by the Sandcastle Worm, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 3:941-944. Published, 04/2011.
  • Controlled curing of adhesive complex coacervates with reversible periodate carbohydrate complexes. J Biomed Mater Res A, 97A:46-51. Published, 02/2011.
  • Protein-based adhesives and the prospects for their biotechnological production. (2011) Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 89:27-33. Published, 01/2011.
  • Shao, H., Bachus, K.N., and Stewart, R.J. (2009). A Water-borne Adhesive Modeled after the Sandcastle Glue of P. californica. published online 11/08 Macromol. Biosci. Published, 11/08/2008.


  • 1st International Conference on Adhesion in Aqueous Media, Plenary lecture, Dresden, Germany. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 09/2019.
  • Frontiers In Silk Sciences And Technologies, Trento, Italy. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 06/2019.
  • DWI-Leibniz Institute for interactive Materials, Lecture, Aachen, Germany. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2018.
  • 12th Internat. Symposium on Polelectrolytes, Plenary lecture, Wageningen, Netherlands. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2018.
  • Office of Naval Research program review, Washington DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2018.
  • Biosmart Trainee adhesives training school, opening lecture, Ludwigshafen, Germany. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2018.
  • 19th Internl. Conf. on Marine Fouling and Corrosion, Plenary lecture, Melbourne, FL. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2018.
  • Aug 2017 Army Research Office, Life Science program review, Mountain View, CA . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/17/2017.
  • Apr 2017 Biomimetic Polymers Symposium, American Chemical Society meeting, San Francisco, CA . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/06/2017.
  • Apr 2017 Complex Coacervation Symposium, American Chemical Society meeting, San Francisco, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/06/2017.

Research Groups

  • Mahika Weerasakare, Senior Associate. 02/01/2014 - present.
  • Dwight Lane, Graduate Student. 02/01/2014 - 08/01/2017.
  • Jack Prather, Graduate Student. 08/2013 - 03/01/2018.
  • Nicolas Ashton, Graduate Student. Bioengineering. 09/2011 - 09/2016.