Cameron Abrams

Bartlett-Barry Endowed Professor and Department Head
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Cameron Abrams

Bartlett-Barry Endowed Professor and Department Head
Chemical and Biological Engineering


Cameron Abrams, PhD is Professor and Department Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1995 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California—Berkeley in 2000. After two years of postdoctoral training at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, he joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2002. Abrams’s primary research expertise lies in molecular simulations and new simulation method development, with applications ranging from new materials and fluids to drug design. He is the recipient of an ONR Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and was the 2015 Impact Award Winner in the Computational Molecular Sciences and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In additional to novel molecular simulation methods, Abrams’s research interests include high-performance materials, protein-related kinetics and thermodynamics, and HIV-1 entry inhibitor design.

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1995


Research Areas

Research Interests

Molecular simulations, HIV-1 inhibitor design, Functional materials

Areas of Study

Academic Distinctions

  • Provost Award for Outstanding Career Scholarly Productivity, 2020
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Career Research Award 2020
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Award (Drexel University), 2017
  • Impact Award in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2015
  • College of Engineering Research Award (Drexel University), 2014
  • NSF CAREER, 2006 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, 2003-2006

Select Publications

  • S. Alexis Paz, Luca Maragliano, and Cameron F. Abrams, “The effect of intercalated water on potassium ion transport through Kv1.2 channels studied via on-the-fly free-energy parameterization,” J. Chem. Theory. Comput. 14:2743–2750 (2018) (10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00024).
  • Jasmine Gardner and Cameron F. Abrams, “Rate of hemifusion diaphragm dissipation and ability to form three-junction bound HD determined by lipid composition,” J. Chem. Phys. 147:134903 (2017) (10.1063/1.4994320).
  • Jungho Yang, Arun Srikanth, Changwoon Jang, and Cameron F. Abrams, “Relationships Between Molecular Structure and Thermomechanical Properties of Bio-Based Thermosetting Polymers,” J. Polym. Sci. B Pol. Phys. 55:285-292 (2017) (10.1002/polb.24270).
  • Ryan Gordon, Spencer S. Stober, and Cameron F. Abrams, “Aggregation of 12-Hydroxystearic Acid and Its Lithium Salt in Hexane: Molecular Dynamics Simulations,” J. Phys. Chem. B. 120:7164-7173 (2016) (10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b04193).

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