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Ben Almquist PhD

Lecturer & Group Leader

Dr Almquist leads a research group that straddles the interface between nanotechnology, materials science, and biology. The primary focus of his group is developing new strategies to create seamless spatiotemporal biotic-abiotic interfaces between engineered materials and cells/tissues for therapeutic applications. Dr Almquist’s team aims to do this by transiently engineering cell- and tissue-level signalling networks through materials-based approaches, along with developing new devices and sensors that unlock new insights into fundamental biological processes.

Over the course of his career, Dr Almquist has received numerous honours for his research including recognition as a 2017 Emerging Investigator by Biomaterials Science, awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award, appointed as a Research Fellow in the NSF Center for Probing the Nanoscale (2009-2011), awarded a graduate fellowship by the CPN (2005-2008), and is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Michigan Technological University.

Education

2011–2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow

2011

Stanford University

PhD Materials Science & Engineering

2007

Stanford University

MS Materials Science & Engineering

2004

Michigan Technological University

BS Materials Science & Engineering