In the News

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.

Congrats to postdoc Joelle Straehla, who was named a 2020-2022 Helen Fellow through the Helen Gurley Brown Presidential Initiative at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!

Congratulations to Hammond Lab Chemical Engineering and Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM) graduate student Yanpu He on successfully defending his PhD thesis.

Postdoc Nicholas Lamson named a Koch Institute Convergence Scholar
Congratulations to Hammond Lab postdoc Nicholas Lamson, who was accepted into the Koch Institute’s 2020-2021 Convergence Scholar Program to expand his impact beyond the laboratory.

Postdoc Natalie Boehnke’s publication on functionalization of liposomes with peptide motifs was featured on the cover of Bioconjugate Chemistry.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab Chemical Engineering graduate student Jonathan Chou on successfully defending his PhD thesis.

Congratulations to Hammond Lab Chemical Engineering graduate student Antonio (Tony) Barberio on successfully defending his PhD thesis.

Posdoc Apoorv Shanker awarded the Mazumdar-Shaw fellowship
Congratulations to Hammond Lab postdoc Apoorv Shanker, who won the MIT Koch Institute Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellowship for his project entitled “Temporally-controlled Layer-by-Layer Delivery of Immune-Modulators for Combination Immunotherapy.”

Postdoc Sean Smith awarded an NIH F32 award
Congratulations to Hammond Lab postdoc Sean Smith, who was awarded an NIH NCI F32 award entitled “Layer-by-Layer Nanoparticles for Combination Cytokine Immunotherapy of Ovarian Cancer.”

Hammond Lab develops a set of lab values document
The Hammond Lab has developed a lab values document that is now accessible via our website.

Graduate student Adam Berger wins HST community award
Congratulations to Hammond Lab graduate student Adam Berger, who won the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Roger G. Mark service award.

Paula Hammond featured as a 2020 C&EN Trailblazer
Paula Hammond was honored as one of the women profiled in C&EN’s 2020 Trailblazers.

Hammond Lab Publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition Featured on the Cover
A recent publication on theranostic layer-by-layer nanoparticles from postdoc Natalie Boehnke, alum Santi Correa, and collaborator Liang Hao (Bhatia lab) was featured on the cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Special thanks to postdoc Joelle Straehla’s husband, Chris, for help with the graphic design.

Paula Hammond Honored with Dr. Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau Award at AIChE Fall Conference
Paula Hammond honored with award for significant contributions to chemical engineering research over her career. This award honors the memory of Dr. Rousseau, the first woman to earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and the first woman member of AIChE.

Cheddar Live Interview for LBL Microneedle Research in Hammond Lab
Paula Hammond and graduate student Yanpu He were interviewed by Cheddar to talk about their amazing work towards using LBL Microneedles to treat skin cancer.

Paula Hammond recognized as a strong mentor by Committed to Caring (C2C)
Paula was honored for her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Chemical Engineering department as well as her excellence in actively listening to students to help them succeed in their programs.

Hammond Lab microneedle research featured in the news 
This research investigates quick and pain-free delivery of vaccines and medications on a microneedle patch

Hammond lab alum, Professor Anita Shukla, has received the highly prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Congratulations, Anita!

New article featured on the cover of BioTM
This work describes progress in layer-by-layer nanoparticles for targeting ovarian cancer

Paula Hammond elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2019

Paula Hammond discusses discovery and diversity on C&EN
Chemical engineer Paula T. Hammond on discovery and diversity.