Paula Hammond to Give Annual Ashton Cary Lecture March 30

Paula Hammond to Give Annual Ashton Cary Lecture March 30

Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering and head of the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 31st Annual Ashton Cary Lecture at 4 p.m. March 30 in the MoSE Building (Room G011). Her talk is titled “Functionalizable Polypeptides for Smart Delivery and Biomimetic Materials.”

She will also give a special lecture at 9:30 a.m. on March 31 in EBB (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Seminar Room). This talk is titled “Nanolayered Drug Release Systems for Regenerative Medicine and Targeted Nanotherapies.”

The core of her work is the use of electrostatics and other complementary interactions to generate functional polymer materials with highly controlled architecture. Her research in nanotechnology encompasses the development of new biomaterials to enable drug delivery from surfaces with spatiotemporal control. She also investigates novel responsive polymer architectures for targeted nanoparticle drug and gene delivery, and self-assembled materials systems for electrochemical energy devices.

Hammond was elected into the 2013 Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the recipient of the 2013 AIChE Charles M. A. Stine Award, which is bestowed annually to a leading researcher in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and engineering, and the AIChE Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research. She was selected to receive the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Teal Innovator Award in 2013, which supports a single visionary individual from any field principally outside of ovarian cancer to focus his/her creativity, innovation, and leadership on ovarian cancer research.

Hammond serves as an associate editor of the American Chemical Society journal, ACS Nano. As a part of the Year of Chemistry in 2011, she was one of the Top 100 materials scientists named by Thomson-Reuters, a recognition of the highest citation impact in the field over the past decade (2001-2011). She was named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014.


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