Dr Ben Almquist
(US Equivalent: Assistant Professor)
Ben received his BS magna cum laude in Materials Science from Michigan Technological University in 2004, where his senior research focused on crystal ion slicing of electroceramic materials. After spending 4 years enjoying endless winters and an average yearly snowfall of ~200 inches, he opted to head west to pursue a PhD at Stanford University. There he trained under the watchful eye of Prof. Nick Melosh, where he developed a new method for seamlessly integrating inorganic structures into cellular membranes, essentially creating 'inorganic transmembrane proteins'. This method has subsequently been licensed by Stealth Biosciences, an exciting start-up company focused on personalized medicine. During his time at Stanford, Ben was appointed as a Research Fellow in Stanford's Center for Probing the Nanoscale and had the honor of receiving the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Medal. After finishing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 he transitioned to MIT, joining the lab of Prof. Paula Hammond. As an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Ben delved into the field of self-assembled biomaterials by using the layer-by-layer process to explore combinatorial growth factor therapies for treating chronic skin wounds. In September 2014, he joined the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London as a Lecturer and Group Leader.