2009 Joseph R. Robinson Postdoctoral Fellowship


David Nhu Nguyen, and former advisor, Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award chair Kinam Park (left) and CRS Foundation chair Susan Cady (right) congratulating 2009 Joseph R. Robinson Postdoctoral Fellowship award winner David Nguyen (center).


Dr. David Lewis’s laboratory at Stanford University, investigating how a novel vaccine adjuvant activates immune responses, and second year medical school.

“I strongly believe that no matter how successful I am as a clinician or productive I am as a scientist, my most influential role will likely be as a teacher.  Like Prof. Robinson and all of my mentors, I am excited to share my cumulative experiences with future generations and look forward to embracing this role in the hospital, in the laboratory, in the classroom, or wherever else my career takes me.”


David Nhu Nguyen combined research for combating infectious diseases with medical school for his fellowship year at Sanford University. Working in the laboratory of Dr. David Lewis, David’s team focused on understanding the major role drug delivery plays in activating nucleic acid receptors in order to engineer vaccine adjuvants. David completed his Ph.D. degree in materials science and medical engineering through MIT and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He worked in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer on a variety of nucleic acid delivery applications.

Fellowship Year Reflections

Honoring Joseph R. Robinson

The CRS Foundation’s inaugural fellowship honored Joe Robinson(1939-2006), his lifelong passion for teaching and his commitment to the Controlled Release Society. An outstanding professor at the University of Wisconsin, Joe prepared his students for meaningful careers in drug delivery science, serving as a friend and mentor to many.  His early interest was ocular drug delivery, working later with oral, parenteral, buccal, and other delivery systems, with a strong emphasis on bioadhesion as a control phenomenon. He served as consultant to industry giants, helped launch the Journal of Controlled Release, and served as President of CRS.