2016 Clemson Award Winner
Molly Stevens is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Department of Materials, Department of Bioengineering and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London.
She joined Imperial in 2004 after a Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to this she graduated from Bath University with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and was then awarded a PhD in biophysical investigations of specific biomolecular interactions and single biomolecule mechanics from the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis at the University of Nottingham (2000).
Her research has been recognised by over 20 major international awards including the 2016 Clemson Award from the US Society for Biomaterials and a listing by The Times as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40. In 2013 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
She has an extremely multidisciplinary research group of students and postdocs/fellows. The group is focused on both high quality fundamental science and translation for human health. Research in regenerative medicine within her group includes the directed differentiation of stem cells, the design of novel bioactive scaffolds and new approaches towards tissue regeneration. Recent efforts by the Stevens group in peptide-functionalised nanoparticles for enzyme biosensing have enabled the ultrasensitive enzyme detection and have a host of applications across diseases ranging from cancer to global health applications.