In the News

Graduate student Kimberly Bennett is featured in an MIT News article about improving the first-generation graduate student experience at MIT.

Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Bhuvna Murthy for winning the Best Poster Award at the Materials Research Society (MRS) annual meeting’s Responsive Nanomaterials poster session.

Congratulations to graduate student Justin Kaskow on winning the NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship (PGS D).

Congratulations to graduate student Ivan Pires on winning the Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award at the 2022 AIChE annual meeting.

Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Abby Dzordzorme for winning the Presentation Award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Students in the Microbiology poster session.

Congratulations to postdoc Gil Covarrubias on being named a 2022-2023 Koch Institute Convergence Scholar.

Congratulations to Professor Hammond on being awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Doing a World of Good Medal for her “leadership in creating opportunities for underrepresented minorities in science and engineering, and her groundbreaking research in medicine and energy.”

Congratulations to Hammond lab undergraduate researcher Rachel Myers for being accepted to present at the prestigious Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Congratulations to Hammond lab graduate student Ivan Pires on being awarded an NIH F99/K00 from the National Cancer Institute for his project “Engineering Next-Generation Nanoparticles One Layer at a Time”.

Congratulations to Professor Paula Hammond on being named a 2022 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow.

Recently published work led by Natalie Boehnke and Joelle Straehla on the impact of nanoparticle chemistry on uptake of nearly 500 cancer cell types is featured in MIT News. (This above link includes direct free access to the article).

Our STING Bio-protocol paper was selected among the Top 17 most viewed and downloaded immunology protocols of 2021. It was reprinted in the 2022 Bio-protocol series of reprinted collections – Immunology Selections.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab chemical engineering graduate student Colin Bittner for successfully defending his PhD thesis.

Recently published work led by Joelle Straehla on a microfluidic model of brain cancer that can be used to test the ability of tumor-killing nanoparticles to cross the blood-brain barrier is featured in MIT News.

Collaborative work between the Hammond Lab at MIT, the Irvine Lab at MIT, and the Elias Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to use microneedle patches that can potentially detect ovarian cancer is featured in MIT’s Spectrum newsletter.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab chemical engineering and program in polymers and soft matter graduate student Celestine Hong for successfully defending her PhD thesis.

Congratulations to graduate student Eva Cai for being selected as the MIT Chyn Duog Shiah Memorial Fellow for 2022-2023.

Congratulations to graduate students Namita Nabar, Mae Pryor, and Victoria Gomerdinger along with undergraduate student Emily Han for receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.

Postdoc Simone Douglas-Greene is featured on Edges and Nodes, a new video series that highlights the research and lives of minority scientists. You can check it out here.

Congratulations to postdocs Sasan Jalili and Nicholas Lamson for being named 2022 Ludwig Postdoctoral fellows

Graduate student Celestine Hong’s recent publication exploring the effects of nanoparticle size on intravascular hemostats is featured on the MIT News page. You can also find the original paper on the publications tab.

Congratulations to postdoc Joelle Straehla on being named the Koch Institute Charles W. (1955) and Jennifer C. Johnson Clinical Investigator. You can find out more about her new role here.

Professor Hammond is featured in a New York Times article on board diversity of public companies.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab biological engineering and program in polymers and soft matter graduate student Sheryl Wang for successfully defending her PhD thesis.

Congrats to Professor Paula Hammond for being elected to be a 2021 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Congrats to Hammond Lab alum Chibueze Amanchukwu, PhD ’17 on being named to the Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight in honor of his work on next generation batteries and carbon dioxide conversion along with his mentorship of underrepresented students in engineering.

Graduate student Adam Berger is featured in a fact sheet on Next Generation Researchers from United for Medical Research to encourage congress’s investment in the NIH.

Congrats to postdocs Natalie Boehnke and Simone Douglas-Green on being hired as new faculty members at the University of Minnesota and Georgia Tech/Emory University, respectively. Wishing them the best as they begin their own labs!

Congratulations to postdocs Tamara Dacoba and Sasan Jalili on being named 2021-2022 Koch Institute Convergence Scholars. Congrats to PhD alumnus Yanpu He on also being named to this award.

Congratulations to postdoc Apoorv Shanker on winning a research grant from the MIT Chemical Engineering Communications Lab postdoc grant writing contest. This award will provide funding to explore the role of nanoparticle surface chemistry in suppressing acute inflammation.

Professor Paula Hammond has been named to President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), joining 29 of the most distinguished scientists to advise President Biden on matters related to science, technology, and innovation policies in the United States. More information can be found in the MIT press release and White House press release. Congratulations Professor Hammond!

Congratulations to Professor Paula Hammond on being appointed to the Board of Directors at The Engine, which is a venture begun by MIT to bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization.

Research from the Hammond Lab to improve the regeneration of cartilage in osteoarthritis is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Congratulations to Professor Paula Hammond on receiving the inaugural Black in Cancer Distinguished Investigator Award.

Congratulations to graduate student Adam Berger on being awarded the NIH National Research Service Award (F30) fellowship to support his research training.

Congratulations to postdoc Joelle Straehla for the feature of her work exploring nanoparticles to target chemotherapy across the blood brain barrier in National Geographic magazine.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab chemical engineering graduate student MayLin Howard for successfully defending her PhD thesis.

Congratulations to graduate student Adam Berger for being awarded the MIT IMES Termeer Fellowship of Medical Engineering and Science.

Congratulations to postdoc Natalie Boehnke for receiving the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, which funds the launch of independent research careers.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab Chemical Engineering graduate student Stephanie Kong on successfully defending her PhD thesis.

Congrats to postdoc Simone Douglas-Green for winning the Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) Award, a very prestigious recognition of her promise as a future professor.

Congrats to postdoc Simone Douglas-Green for winning the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Paula Hammond named an MIT Institute Professor
Professor Paula Hammond was named an MIT Institute Professor, MIT’s highest faculty honor, for her work in polymers and nanomaterials, and for her leadership in equity, inclusion, and mentoring.

Congrats to graduate student Andrew Pickering, who received the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship PGS-D award.

Congrats to postdoc Joelle Straehla on the selection of her image for the 2021 Koch Institute Image Awards. The image features cancer-fighting nanoparticles flowing through blood vessels in the brain.

Nanoparticles travel through the vascular beds in the brain.

Paula Hammond served as guest editor for ACS C&EN 2021 Trailblazers Issue with an interview conducted by postdoc Simone Douglas-Green
Professor Paula Hammond served as the guest editor of the American Chemical Society’s C&EN 2021 Trailblazers newsletter, which featured Black chemists and chemical engineers, both past and present, who have made foundational discoveries and inventions. Postdoc Simone Douglas-Green also contributed to the issue, interviewing Professor Lynden Archer.

Paula Hammond featured in ACS C&EN Profiles
Professor Paula Hammond was profiled in the “Career Ladder” section of the American Chemical Society’s C&EN magazine.