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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


            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. Raju Cheerlavancha


                Dr. Bradley D. Frank


                Research Interest: Adaptive Materials, biomaterials, active systems, sustainable agriculture

                ​- B.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017, University of California, Merced

                - M.Sc. Polymer Science, 2019, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin, , Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam

                - Dr. rer. nat. Materials Science, 2023, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Granting: Universität Potsdam)


                  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


                      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

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                      Dr. Yagmur Yegin


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

                      -B.Eng. Food Engineering, Celal Bayar University, TURKIYE

                      - M.Sc. Food Engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

                      - Ph.D. Bio and Nano Interfaces Materials Lab, Food Science and Technology & Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

                      - Postdoctoral Associate, 01/2021-06/2021, Bio and Nano Interfaces Materials Lab, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

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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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                      Colleen Wolfe

                      Underwater fish vaccination


                      Dr. Yunteng Cao

                      Sustainable materials, Precision agriculture & medicine, and Mechanics, design & manufacturing


                      Dr. Hui Sun

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

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                      Dr. Muchun Liu

                      Biomaterials, responsive transformation, non-invasive assembly, hierarchical architectures, 2D nanochannels, actuation, agriculture, biomedicine, and environment


                      Jad Rad

                      Sustainable biopolymers, polymer processing, polymer characterization, nanotechnology


                      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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