About Lisa


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A chemical engineer by training with interests in the application of biomaterials to advancing healthcare, I aim to form a multidisciplinary research group at the interface of chemistry, engineering, materials science, and biotechnology. My research vision is to develop rapidly translatable, responsive biomaterial systems to provide on-demand delivery of therapeutics to enhance patient quality of life.

I recently defended my Ph.D. in the Anderson and Langer Labs at MIT, where I  developed several “smart” approaches for delivering insulin to improve diabetes therapies. Drawing upon core chemical engineering principles, I have rationally designed glucose-responsive nanoparticles, microgels, and shear-thinning hydrogels. I aim to become a Chemical Engineering faculty member and role model for aspiring female engineers.

Contact: volpatti@mit.edu