Assistant Professor SJ Claire Hur, Inaugural Winner of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award

Soojung Claire Hur, Ph.D. Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University


Soojung Claire Hur, Ph.D., applies her technological expertise to studies of how complex hydrodynamic forces can impact or regulate the function of single-cells. She also examines how a cell’s physical characteristics might leverage such fluid dynamics to enrich specific cell populations.  Using this research, Hur has developed instruments to facilitate simple and cost effective biological assays, with applications in oncology, immunology, gene therapy and regenerative medicine.


Hur stated, “I am grateful to be an inaugural recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Award, which helps provide much needed support and encouragement for women, such as myself, in historically male-dominated fields of math, science and engineering. This support will not only help produce exciting new research and discoveries but also bring about a brighter future for current and future women in STEM2D.”


Via her translational projects, she has collaborated with numerous surgeons, oncologists and clinical researchers. Hur received her B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, from UCLA. She then joined the Rowland Institute at Harvard University as one of two Rowland Fellows, later joining the UCLA Department of Bioengineering as an assistant researcher and managing clinical studies funded by Vortex Biosciences, Inc.


Hur recently received the School of Engineering Faculty Award at the 2018 Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine Research Retreat. She co-authored 14 peer-reviewed journals articles, including three featured as journal covers, as well as 44 conference proceedings, and has received three U.S. and two international patents.