Michael D. Schulz has been named as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science.

Schulz focuses his research on synthetic polymer chemistry in the field of biomedicine. While a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech, he produced materials that remove chemotherapy agents from the bloodstream to prevent their spread to healthy organs, and corral the chemotherapy agents solely around the tumor.

At Virginia Tech, Schulz plans to develop polymers capable of inhibiting viruses, resins that sequester toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, and materials to enhance radiotherapy.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2010 from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree in pharmaceutical science/medicinal chemistry and a doctoral degree in organic and polymer chemistry, both in 2014, from the University of Florida. Schulz also worked as a Fulbright Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany.

Schulz is one of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty members to join the College of Science this year.

Mari Botha, of Ashburn, Virginia, is a junior majoring in economics and professional and technical writing at Virginia Tech.