Benedetto Marelli

July 09, 2021

2021-2023 New Voices in Science, Engineering and Medicine Program
The New Voices program was launched by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2018 as an initiative to bring diverse perspectives from early-career U.S. leaders to important dialogues around how science, engineering, and medicine are shaping the global future. The program is made possible with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

National Academies press release

February 07, 2021

Promotion to Associate Professor Without Tenure (AWoT) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.



July 02, 2019

The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.



April 18, 2018

ONR Director of Research Early Career Award
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Director of Research Early Career Grant (DoRECA) is given to select applicants to the ONR Young Investigator program, based on two specific criteria: (1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the ONR mission, and (2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership and community outreach.



February 26, 2018

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
The YIP is a highly competitive process, rewarding the achievements made by young faculty members. This year’s candidates were selected amongst more than 340 highly qualified applicants based on past performance, technical merit, potential for scientific breakthrough and long-term university commitment.
ONR Press Release




February 26, 2018

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
NSF Announcement


Augustine's paper on programmable design of seed coating highlighted by Nature Food, World Economic Forum, Anthropocene Magazine, CTV News, Aljazeera News and MIT news (among other news outlets)

Augustine publishes in ACS Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 
Engineering the Plant Microenvironment To Facilitate Plant-Growth-Promoting Microbe Association

April 30, 2021

Congratulations to Yunteng! He has been selected as the recipient of the Ho Ching and Han Ching Award for the 2019-2020 academic year.

December 22, 2020

Doyoon publishes on Advanced Functional Materials a silk-based food sensor detecting spoilage and contamination

September 09, 2020

Elisabetta publishes on ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Multilayered Edible Coating

August 31, 2020

MIT startup wraps food in silk for better shelf life

June 05, 2020

Yunteng publishes on Advanced Science a new tool to access plant tissues

April 30, 2020

Hui publishes on Nat. Comm. a 'recipe' to grow silk into hierarchical materials

January 16, 2020

Augustine's paper on seed coating highlighted by The Guardian, Nature Food and MIT News (among other news outlets)

November 25, 2019

MIT ILP Highlights LAB's research

August 20, 2019

Article on enterpreneurship and food waste highlights the impact of the LAB

March 30, 2019

Waste Not  by Michael Blanding - very interesting !

Cambridge crops conducts a successful fund raising round

August 09, 2019


Great work Adam!

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Research Video

A cone-shaped needle is injected into the stem of a 4-week-old tomato plant by a drone