Rein Ulijn is the founding director of the Nanoscience Initiative at CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center. He was previously professor and vice dean of research at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where he continues to hold a position. Prior to this, he started his independent career at the University of Manchester. His education was from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands (M.Sc. biotechnology), Strathclyde (Ph.D. physical chemistry), Edinburgh (postdoc in chemistry). He has held several personal fellowships and won a number of awards, including the RSC Norman Heatley Medal and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy of science) in 2014.