LBI Group Members

2016 LBI Members

Group Leader

Niels Holten-Andersen
Doherty Professor in Ocean Utilization, DMSE, MIT, 2014-Current
John Chipman Assistant Professor, DMSE, MIT, 2012-2014
Associate Professor, Program in Polymers and Soft Matter, MIT, 2012-Current
Post-Doc University of Chicago, 2008-2012
Ph.D. Biomolecular Science and Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2008
M.Sc. Cell Biology, University of Copenhagen, 2001
B.Sc.Hon. Molecular Biology, University of Canterbury, 2000
B.Sc. Biology, University of Copenhagen, 1998
Research Interests:
Design principles of biological materials; Soft condensed matter; Physical-chemistry of dynamic interfaces
Office:  13-5018

Bavand Keshavarz

Ph.D. MIT, 2017
M.Sc. University of British Columbia
B.Sc. Sharif University of Technology

Graduate Students
Qiaochu Li

B.Sc. Peking University, 2012
Research Interests:
Synthesis and design of Dopa-polymers; Interface chemistry between Dopa-polymers and solid surfaces

Office: 13-4006

Abigail Regitsky 
B.Sc. Georgia Tech, 2013
Research Interests:
Rheological characterization of bio-inspired mineralization in gels, designing high-performing sustainable lubricants, bio-inspired sustainable materials design

Office:  13-4006

Sungjin Kim
M.Sc. KAIST, 2011
B.Sc. KAIST, 2009
Research Interests:
Bio-inspired materials stiffening process, organic-inorganic hybrid networks

Office: 13-5126

Seth Cazzell
B.Sc. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2014
Research Interests:
The role of hydroxide and metal concentration on the mechanical properties of metal coordinated hydrogel

Office: 13-4006

Erica Lai
B.Sc. MIT, 2014
Research Interests:
Interfacial mechanical properties of bio-inspired metal-coordinate coatings

Office: 13-5126

Irina Mahmad Rasid
M.Eng. Imperial College London, 2015

Office: 13-4006

Jake Song

B.Sc. Northwestern University, 2017
Research Interests:
Fundamental understanding of power-law relaxation dynamics in polymer networks for the design of tough and dynamically adaptive soft materials

Office: 13-4006

Undergraduate Students
Caroline Liu, Class of 2018
Matthew Dodaro, Class of 2020

Former LBI Members
Carlos Caldera
Alvaro Charlet
Pangkuan Chen
Eleanor Crossley
Will Dickson

Rebecca Gallivan
Scott Grindy
Sarah Hopkin
Michael Kessler
Robert Learsch
Stephanie Marzen
Emily Ryan
Inbar Yamin
Jennie Zheng
Yu Zheng