Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D., Chemistry, 2013
Dissertation title: Design and synthesis of dynamically assembling DNA nanostructures (abstract, full text)
M.A., Chemistry, 2009

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
B.S. with Honor, Chemistry, minor in History & Philosophy of Science, 2007


My publication list on Google Citations

  1. Accessing Förster resonance energy transfer in the sheet regime with DNA-organized dye networks
    Divita Mathur, Anirban Samanta, Mario G. Ancona, Sebastián A. Díaz, Young C. Kim, Joseph S. Melinger, Ellen R. Goldman, John P. Sadowski, Luvena L. Ong, Peng Yin, and Igor L. Medintz. ACS Nano 15, 16452–8 (2021). doi:10.1021/acsnano.1c05871

  2. Developmental self-assembly of a DNA tetrahedron
    John P. Sadowski, Colby R. Calvert, David Yu Zhang, Niles A. Pierce, and Peng Yin. ACS Nano 8, 3251–9 (2014). doi:10.1021/nn4038223

  3. Programming multiple protein patterns on a single DNA nanostructure
    Justin D. Cohen, John P. Sadowski, and Peter B. Dervan. Journal of the American Chemical Society 130, 402–3 (2008). doi:10.1021/ja0772400

  4. Addressing single molecules on DNA nanostructures
    Justin D. Cohen, John P. Sadowski, and Peter B. Dervan. Angewandte Chemie Int’l Ed 46, 7956–9 (2007). doi:10.1002/anie.200702767

Other publications

How the Internet changed chemistry: spreading science globally with Wikipeda. John P. Sadowski. Chemical & Engineering News, 17 August 2015.

Multisubjective: nucleic acid design through fast removal of undesired secondary structure
John P. Sadowski. (2015).

Selected conferences and seminars

  • Foundations of Nanoscience 18, Virtual (2021) [Invited talk]
  • George Mason University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Fairfax, VA (2016) [Departmental seminar]
  • Technische Universität Dresden Center for Advancing Electronics, Dresden, Germany (2015) [Departmental seminar]
  • MAD Nano 1, Baltimore, Maryland (2014) [Invited talk]
  • DNA Computing and Molecular Programming 19, Tempe, AZ (2013) [Contributed talk]
  • Harvard University Department of Systems Biology, Boston, MA (2011) [Departmental seminar]
Policy and outreach

Honors and awards

NIOSH Bullard–Sherwood Award for Research-to-Practice, Knowledge Category (2019)
Fed Tech Fellow (2019)
National Science Foundation I-Corps: business accelerator including funding for customer discovery activities (2018)

In graduate school
American Society of Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014)
National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship (2014)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2008)
J. Marshall & Jane H. Booker Graduate Scholarship (2007)

In college
Caltech Axline Merit Award (2003-2007)
Richard P. Schuster Memorial Prize, for academic merit in chemistry (2007)
University College London Scholars Program: one term of study abroad (2006)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (four times, 2003-2006)
Marcella and Joel Bonsall Prize for Technical Writing (twice, 2003 and 2004)

In high school
Siemens-Westinghouse Regional Finalist (2002)
Intel International Science & Engineering Fair: First Prize American Chemical Society Award (2003)
Intel International Science & Engineering Fair: Third Award for Chemistry (2003)
National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: Long Island Regional Winner, Second Place National Winner in Physical Sciences (2003)
Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist (2003)
Eagle Scout with three palms (2001)


Harnessing Wikipedia’s superpowers for journalism. Monika Sengul-Jones. DataJournalism, 2 December 2020 — My NIOSH Wikipedia work improving COVID-19 articles is mentioned

Geophysical Scientists Take Red Pencils to Wikipedia. Allison Torres Burtka. Associations Now, 3 October 2016 — Coverage of a Wikipedia training session I ran at the American Geophysical Union headquarters

Working With Wikipedia: collaboration is key for chemists contributing to the online encyclopedia. Matt Davenport. Chemical & Engineering News, 14 September 2015 — Coverage of a Wikipedia training session I ran at the 2015 Boston ACS meeting

Chemistry Ambassadors member spotlight: John Sadowski. American Chemical Society. September 2014 — A piece about my work improving nanotechnology articles on Wikipedia

Caltech relaxes with Shakespeare's every word. Stephanie Chavez. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2004 — I was quoted about my involvement in Shakespeare at Caltech.

Sensitive support of gifted student. John Hildebrand. Newsday, 5 May 2003 — A column in my hometown's regional newspaper outlining my early education

Fourth grader attends high school. Noah Melnick. Viking View (North Shore High School), November 1994 — An article from my high school newspaper

Last updated May 12, 2022