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Principal Investigator

Benedetto Marelli


Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests:

biomaterials, self-assembly, food security, food safety, agriculture, regenerative medicine, additive manufacturing and emerging technologies



- B.Eng. Biomedical Engineering 2005, Politecnico di Milano

- M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, 2008, Politecnico di Milano

- Ph.D. Materials Engineering, 2011, McGill University

- Postdoctoral Scholar, 2012-2015, Silklab, Tufts University

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Graduate Students

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    Zeina Barghouti

    Research Interests: sustainable agriculture, plant microbiology, microbe preservation, biomaterials


    - B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2021, Texas A&M University at Qatar

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        Islam Genina

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          Jad Raad

          Research Interests: Sustainable biopolymers, polymer processing, polymer characterization, nanotechnology

          -B. Eng. Chemical Engineering, 2023, McGill University


              Max Kalinowski


              Research Interests: Biomaterials, protein engineering, self-assembly, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, alternative proteins

              - B.Eng. Biomedical Engineering, 2021, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


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              Dr. Yunteng Cao


              Research Interests: Sustainable materials, Precision agriculture & medicine, and Mechanics, design & manufacturing

              - B.Eng. Engineering Mechanics, 2013, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

              - M.Eng. Solid Mechanics, 2016, Xi’an Jiaotong University,

              - Ph.D. Structures and Materials, 2022, MIT

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                Dr. Raju Cheerlavancha


                  Dr. Yangyang Han

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                  Dr. Yue Hu


                  Research Interests: Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, Nanobiotechnology, Assembly of biopolymers

                  - B.S. Chemistry, 2015, University of Science and Technology of China
                  - Ph.D. Chemistry, 2021, Brown University


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                  Dr. Meng Li


                  Research Interests: sustainable robotic materials, active matter, micromachines, device fabrication

                  - B.Eng. Biomedical Engineering, 2013, Southeast University, China

                  - M.Sc. Advanced Materials, 2015, University of Ulm, Germany

                  - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2020, Tufts University, USA

                  - Humboldt Postdoc Fellow, 2020-2022, Physical Intelligence, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany


                    Dr. Eugene Lim

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                    Dr. Muchun Liu


                    Research Interests: biomaterials, responsive transformation, non-invasive assembly, hierarchical architectures, 2D nanochannels, actuation, agriculture, biomedicine, and environment

                    - B.Eng. Materials Science and Engineering, 2012, Beihang University
                    - M.Eng. Materials Engineering, 2015, Beihang University
                    - Ph.D. Chemistry, 2020, Brown University


                      Dr. Giorgio Rizzo


                      Research Interests: Biomaterials, Assembly of biopolymers, Hierarchical Structures, Molecular Dynamics, Sustainable Agriculture, Environment.

                      - B. Chemistry, 2015, University of Palermo, Italy

                      - M.Sc. Chemistry, 2017, University of Palermo, Italy

                      - Ph.D. Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, 2021, University of Bari, Italy

                      - Post-doctoral Fellow, 2021-2022, University of Bari, Italy


                        Dr. Hui Sun


                        Research Interests: Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, Protein Engineering, Bottom-up Assembly of Biomacromolecules, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security

                        - B.Eng. Civil Engineering 2013, Sichuan University, China
                        - M.Sc. Solid Mechanics, 2016, Peking University, China
                        - Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2022, MIT

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                        Dr. Yilin Zhang




                        Research Interests: plant nano-biotechnology, biomaterials, synthetic polymer chemistry, sustainable agriculture.

                        - B.Eng. Environmental Engineering 2016, Beihang University
                        - M.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017, Carnegie Mellon University
                        - Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2021, Carnegie Mellon University
                        - Postdoctoral Associate, 09/2021-07/2022, Lowry group, Carnegie Mellon University

                        Visiting Students



                        Dr. Doyoon Kim

                        Food security and nano fabrication

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                        Dr. Augustine Zvinavashe

                        Seed coating technologies

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                        Dr. Federica Rigoldi

                        Machine learning, peptide design, molecular dynamics

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                        Dr. Yagmur Yegin

                        Biopolymers, Nanotechnology, Sustainability, Food Waste, Food Safety, Food Security, Bacterial Antifouling Coatings, Multifunctional Drug Delivery Systems

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                        Colleen Wolfe

                        Underwater fish vaccination


                        Timothy Roberts

                        CEE - Capstone

                        William Popov

                        CEE - Capstone

                        Augustine Zvinavashe

                        CEE - Capstone

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                        Shannon Wing


                        Emily Soice


                        Mohammed AlDajani


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                        Visiting Students Alumni


                        Haruka Sakurai

                        MSci Chemistry '22, Imperial College London

                        Biomaterial fabrication, Bioactive hydrogels

                        Hiking, Baking Bread, Singing Disney songs, reading about cellular agriculture


                        Elisabetta Ruggeri

                        Visiting Master Student - Politecnico di Milano

                        Julie Laurent

                        Visiting Master Student - EPFL

                        Giulia Piervenanzi

                        Visiting Master Student - Politecnico di Milano

                        Anita Mollo

                        Visiting Master Student - Politecnico di Milano

                        Benedetta Petracca

                        Visiting Master Student - Politecnico di Milano

                        Nicola Contessi

                        Visiting PhD student - Rocca Fellow - Politecnico di Milano

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