About Lisa



I’m Lisa – I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Hubbell Lab at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, where I work on vaccines, cancer immunotherapy, and inflammatory diseases. In the future, I aim to become a tenure-track faculty member and role model for aspiring female engineers.

The American Heart Association is supporting my postdoctoral research on atherosclerosis, and I committed to #RunWithHeart for the Chicago Marathon. Please help my fundraising efforts by donating to AHA through my page!

I received my Ph.D. in the Anderson and Langer Labs in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. Check out my story on MIT News. Prior to starting my Ph.D. I completed an M.Phil. in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Outside of the lab, I’m passionate about enhancing outreach efforts by introducing young girls to engineering, promoting equity for underrepresented minorities in STEM, and encouraging scientists to make their work more accessible to the broader public.

I also identify as an athlete, an outdoor enthusiast, and an adrenaline junkie. Working out is my self-care – I love running along the lakefront trail in Chicago, swimming in Lake Michigan, weight lifting, rollerblading, rowing, hiking, and snowboarding.

I’m happy to chat about my experiences and career choices. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Contact: volpatti@uchicago.edu