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Professor Molly Stevens


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 graduated with a First Class Honours BPharm degree from Bath University in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2001. After postdoctoral research at the Langer group in MIT, she joined Imperial in 2004 as a lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2007, being one of the youngest Professors ever in the history of the institution.

Molly Stevens was included in the TR100, a compilation of the top innovators under the age of 35, who are transforming technology — and the world — with their work. In 2010, she was recognised by The Times (London) as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40 and also received the Polymer International-IUPAC award for creativity in polymer science, the Rosenhain Medal and the Norman Heatley Prize for Interdisciplinary Research from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Her interdisciplinary work has been highly cited and she is included in Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list in the cross-field category. She received the Rosalind Franklin Medal from the Institute of Physics (2018), and in 2016 she was recognised by the Society for Biomaterials with the Clemson Award for Basic Research.

Molly Stevens is an Associate Editor of ACS Nano and has served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science. Prof Stevens is Fellow of 7 UK Societies including the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2019, she was elected Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA).

Molly Stevens leads a large and 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. She has developed novel approaches to tissue engineering that are likely to prove very powerful in the engineering of large quantities of human mature bone for autologous transplantation as well as other vital organs such as liver and pancreas, which have proven elusive with other approaches. This has led to moves to translate the technology (including the founding of spin-out companies). In the field of nanotechnology the group has current research efforts in exploiting specific biomolecular recognition and self-assembly mechanisms to create new dynamic nano-materials, biosensors and drug delivery systems. Recent efforts by the Stevens group in peptide-functionalised nanoparticles for enzyme biosensing have enabled the most sensitive facile enzyme detection to date and have a host of applications across diseases ranging from cancer to global health applications.

Honours & Awards:


Kabiller Young Investigator’s Award in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, Northwestern (2019)
Honorary Doctorate, University of Bath (2019)
Surfaces and Interfaces Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2019)
John J. Ryan Distinguished Guest Lecture Medal, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (2019)
Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (2019)
Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics (2018)
Polymer Technology Netherlands Medema Lecture Award, 2018
Marshall R. Urist Award, Orthopaedics Research Society, 2018
Harrison Medal, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2017
Imperial College President’s Award and Medal for Outstanding Research Team, 2016
Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials, 2016
Research Group of the Year, European Life Science Awards, 2014
Corday-Morgan Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014
Karen Burt Award, Women’s Engineering Society, 2013
EU-40 Prize, The European Materials Research Society, 2012
Griffith Medal and Prize, Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, 2012
Clifford Paterson Lecture Award, The Royal Society, 2012
Wain Medal Award Lecture, University of Kent, 2011
Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Controlled Release Society, 2011
Rosenhain Medal and Prize, IOM3, 2010
Norman Heatley Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010
IUPAC - Polymer International Award for Creativity in Polymer Science, IUPAC - Polymer International, 2010
ACES Amgen Life Sciences Award, Science Business Innovation Board, 2009
Jean Leray Award, European Society for Biomaterials, 2009
Tissue and Cell Engineering Society Young Investigator Award, Tissue and Cell Engineering Society, 2007
Science Medal, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 2006
Philip Leverhulme Prize, Leverhulme Trust, 2005
TR100 (Top 100 Young Innovators), Technology Review, 2004
Ronald Belcher Memorial Lecture Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2000
Upjohn Award, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, 1996
Janssen Prize, University of Bath, 1995


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