Paula Hammond, PhD, is a chemical engineer who designs nanoscale materials that can deliver drugs to specific parts of the body. Her work includes designing tiny particles that target chemotherapy drugs directly to tumor cells, and nanostructured dressings that rapidly stop bleeding to save the lives of soldiers wounded on the battlefield.

  • Designed polymers to improve batteries, solar cells, and alternative fuel cells.
  • First woman and person of color to lead MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • Co-founder of MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.
  • Founded LayerBio, Inc. for drug delivery.
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Moderna.
  • Member of National Advisory Council, NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
  • Member of Board of Directors of Alector and Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
  • Member of U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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