Amber C Carr

Amber C Carr

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program


I am a computational physical chemist currently working in the field of accelerated materials discovery for nanomedical applications, particularly in the area of polymeric drug delivery agents. My past research includes work in developing enhanced sampling algorithms for molecular dynamics simulations of protein folding.

As an educator, I have developed curricula and taught courses in science literacy at Columbia University, Bard College, Bard Prison Initiative, and the YWCA of the City of New York. My current and past mentoring and outreach activities include work with The New York Academy of Sciences, Girls Who Code, and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 2013

Carr, AC, Piunova, VA, Maarof, H, Rice, JE, and Swope, WC. "Influence of Solvent on the Drug-Loading Process of Amphiphilic Nanogel Star Polymers." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 122.21 (May 31, 2018): 5356-5367. Full Text

Wei, G, Prabhu, VM, Piunova, VA, Carr, AC, Swope, WC, and Miller, RD. "Spatial Distribution of Hydrophobic Drugs in Model Nanogel-Core Star Polymers." Macromolecules 50.24 (December 26, 2017): 9702-9712. Full Text

Carr, AC, Felberg, LE, Piunova, VA, Rice, JE, Head-Gordon, T, and Swope, WC. "Effect of Hydrophobic Core Topology and Composition on the Structure and Kinetics of Star Polymers: A Molecular Dynamics Study." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 121.13 (April 6, 2017): 2902-2918. Full Text

Swope, WC, Rice, JE, Piunova, VA, Carr, AC, Miller, RD, and Sly, J. "Simulation and Experiments To Identify Factors Allowing Synthetic Control of Structural Features of Polymeric Nanoparticles." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 120.30 (August 4, 2016): 7546-7568. Full Text

Miller, RD, Yusoff, RM, Swope, WC, Rice, JE, Carr, AC, Parker, AJ, Sly, J, Appel, EA, Nguyen, T, and Piunova, V. "Water soluble, biodegradable amphiphilic polymeric nanoparticles and the molecular environment of hydrophobic encapsulates: Consistency between simulation and experiment." Polymer 79 (November 2015): 255-261. Full Text

Swope, WC, Carr, AC, Parker, AJ, Sly, J, Miller, RD, and Rice, JE. "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Star Polymeric Molecules with Diblock Arms, a Comparative Study." Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 8.10 (October 9, 2012): 3733-3749. Full Text