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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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                Colleen Wolfe


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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. 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


                          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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