Phone: 617-768-8246


Principal Investigator


Natalie Artzi is an Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is a principal Research Scientist at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, and is an Associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Leveraging material science, chemistry, imaging and biology, Dr. Artzi’s group is dedicated to designing smart material platforms and medical devices to improve human health.

Dr. Artzi pioneered basic understanding of tissue:biomaterial interactions and concepts learned have changed the way we view materials. Materials and devices are now being ‘personalized’ by considering specific tissue microenvironments that are altered in the face of disease. Her multidisciplinary team works on developing materials for diagnosis and therapy, and exploit the toolkit available for material scientists to create multifaceted medical devices.  Dr. Artzi graduate thesis work at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) under the direction of Prof. Moshe Narkis defined how polymer:nano-filler interactions dictate structure:function relationships.

Her postdoctoral training with Prof. Elazer Edelman at MIT focused on studying tissue:biomaterial interactions to rationally design materials with optimal therapeutic outcome.She served as part of the scientific advisory board of Science Translational Medicine, and as a dedicated mentor she initiated student exchange program between Ort Braude College in Israel and MIT that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to perform a year of internship under her supervision.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology

B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology

The Group

Postdoctoral fellows

pere dosta.png

Pere Dosta Pons, PhD

"Drug delivery and nanotechnology"

Pere Dosta Pons is a postdoctoral researcher in biomaterials. He received his Ph.D. from Chemical Institute of Sarria in Bioengineering under the direction of Prof. Salvador Borros, focusing on nanoparticles synthesis for gene delivery applications. Previously, he obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Barcelona. Currently, Pere is developing smart nanomaterials for drug delivery and immunotherapy.


Núria Puigmal Domínguez, PhD

"Immunoengineering and biomaterials"

Núria received her PhD in Bioengineering at the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS). She received her B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Girona and completed her Master’s in Bioengineering at IQS. Her PhD research has been focused on development of nanoparticles for local delivery to the skin and DNA/RNA vaccines. Currently, she is working on microneedle fabrication and drug delivery. 


Alexander Cryer, PhD

"Nanotechnology and drug delivery"

Alex is a postdoctoral research associate in cancer immunoengineering. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2014) and Masters in Biomedical Research (2015) prior to obtaining a Ph.D. from Imperial College London, U.K. (2019), focused on the development of nanoparticle drug delivery systems for cancer therapy. His current work centralizes around engineering therapeutic cancer vaccines and improving immunotherapy delivery using biomaterials and nanotechnology.  


Fiona Freeman, PhD

"Regenerative Medicine and Biofabrication"

Fiona is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering. She obtained a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2011, focusing on developing new strategies for bone tissue regeneration. She then moved to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland for her postdoctoral studies in the Lab of Professor Daniel Kelly where she began working on her own 2-year Government of Ireland Postdoctoral research grant using 3D bioprinting to generate cell-free composite constructs for large bone defect repair. This year she was awarded the Marie Skłodowska Curie global fellowship where she is currently developing a 3D bioprinted osteoinductive constructs that delivers chemotherapeutics within large bone defects that are surgically created when removing bone tumours. Her expertise is regenerative medicine and biofabrication.

Graduate Students

Michelle Dion-1.jpg

Michelle Dion

"Nanotechnology and drug delivery"

Michelle is a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program, concentrating in Biological Engineering. Her research interests are in nanotechnology, immune engineering, and drug delivery. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Genentech developing long-acting ocular drug delivery technologies and applying antibody engineering techniques for the optimization of ocular therapeutics. She received her S.B. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT. As an undergraduate, Michelle worked in Ron Weiss’s lab as a member of the iGEM team, applying synthetic biology techniques to develop self-assembling mammalian tissues.


Daniel Dahis

"Ultrasound-induced Immunotherapy Delivery "

Daniel is a graduate student at the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is implementing collaborative research between the Medical Imaging Lab At the Technion, led by Prof. Haim Azhari, and our lab. Daniel received his BSc from the Federal University of Brazil in Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude. During his Masters at the Technion, Daniel developed an alternative ultrasonic thermometry modality that can be accessible for clinicians and patients. In his Ph.D., Daniel aims to improve brain cancer therapy by combining focused ultrasound and immunotherapy.


Kalaumari Mayoral Peña

"Cancer diagnosis and nanotechnology"

Kalaumari is a PhD student in Biotechnology at Tecnologico de Monterrey. He received his B.S. in Biotechnology Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey and completed a master’s in Food Science and Technology at Autonomous University of Queretaro. During his master’s degree, Kalaumari developed an electrochemical biosensor for the quantification of legume’s lectins. He has been a faculty mentor in the Biomolecular Design Competition (BIOMOD) since 2016.  His current work is focused in the development of microfluidic devices for the detection and analysis of cancer cells.


Mica pic.jpg

Michaela Nicole Prado Larrea

"Nanotechnology and drug delivery "

Michaela is a senior student of B.S. Chemistry and Nanotechnology Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. Her past research experience includes working as a Mitacs Globalink Research Intern at the University of Windsor in Canada, and as an Undergraduate Research Student at the Nanostructured Materials Lab and the FEMSA Biotechnology Center at Tecnológico de Monterrey, México. She has worked on projects related to nanoparticle drug delivery for immunotherapy and chemotherapy. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate thesis at Artzi Lab focused on the development of hydrogel-mediated combinatory immunotherapy for cancer treatment.


Alma L. Rodríguez Curiel

"Microneedles and drug delivery "

Alma is an undergraduate student in Biotechnology Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Along with her team, she participated in the Biomolecular Design Competition (BIOMOD) in 2018, earning a bronze medal for their project on an electrochemical biosensor for molecular diagnosis. In 2021, she did an internship at the Quality Assurance department of a P&G factory in Mexico. Currently, she is a research intern at the lab.


Cristóbal José Riojas Javelly

Cristobal is an undergrad student in biotechnology engineering with a concentration in bioprocess engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara. As an undergraduate, Cristobal has worked in student lab-based projects, applying bioprocesses and food chemistry principles to develop products for a social or environmental causes. Concurrently, he has had the opportunity to participate in engineering related internships in different sectors of the Mexican industry. 


Mariana Alonso Riquelme

Mariana is a Biotechnology Engineering undergraduate student at the Mexican university Tecnológico de Monterrey. She has collaborated with Dr. Goldi Oza in the documentary research, on cancer devices on a chip and three-dimensional tumor cell culture methods, for the publication of a review article in 2021. Additionally, she is the co-creator of a startup since early 2021, focused on science democratization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lab @ Home is a new entrepreneurship focused on generating laboratory materials kits, facilitating the creation of at-home laboratories, accessible for everyone. She is currently working as a research intern at the lab. 

WhatsApp Image 2021-11-16 at 18.39.29.jpeg

Ivana Ling Villanueva Chou

Ivana is a fourth year M.D. and Biosciences undergraduate student at Tecnológico de Monterrey.  She completed two internships at her university's Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine Department, where she worked on projects related to circadian rhythms and stem cells.  She was also a summer intern in Dr. Jichao Chen's lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Ivana is passionate about astrocytes, pharmacology, and genetics and aspires to develop innovative therapeutic approaches with translational applications within these fields.  


Kristen Alexandra Rodrigues
Yi Zhang, PhD
Kui Wang, PhD
Sara Strecker, PhD
Shimon Unterman, PhD
Shani Elgin, Bs
Lyndon Charles, PhD
Christina Arnold, PhD
Hyun Seok Song, PhD
Nuria Oliva, PhD
João Conde, PhD
Nir Margalit
Mariana Atilano
Ana Paula Cosme Lozano
Cynthia Ramírez Rodríguez
Orlando González Ortiz
Pau Hurtado Niubò

© 2021 by Artzi Research Group