Principal Investigator

Lydia M. ContrerasLydia M. Contreras, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Laurence E. McMakin, Jr. Centennial Fellowship in Chemical Engineering
Educational Qualifications
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University (2008)
  • B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University (2003)
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (Infectious Diseases), Division of Developmental Genetics and Bioinformatics, Wadsworth Center-New York State Dept. of Health, Albany, NY (2008-2010)
  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry. Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria (2010)
Recent Honors and Awards
  • Elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2019)
  • Mellichamp Emerging Leader Lecture (2018)
  • Cornell Chemical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award (2018)
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award (2016)
  • Teaching Excellence Award in Chemical Engineering, TAChE Award (2015)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering (SHPE) Young Investigator Award (2015)
  • Health and Environmental Institute (HEI) Walter E. Rosenblith New Investigator (2015-2018)
  • Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP) Early Career Program (2014-2016)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2013-2018)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator (2013-2016)
  • Warfield Center Faculty Teaching Award (2013)
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Young Investigator (2011-2013)
  • Innovative Early-Career Frontiers of Engineering Educator (2011)
  • Keystone Symposia Fellow on Molecular and Cellular Biology (2011-2012)
  • Welch Foundation Research Award (2011)
  • FASEB Postdoctoral Development and Enrichment Award (2009)
  • Edna and William Hooey Award, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University (2007)
  • NSF IGERT Fellowship in Mathematical Nonlinear Systems (2004)
Meet Dr. Contreras (Selected articles)
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