WISDM Speaker

Rebecca Pinals, PhD

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory (PILM) | Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering
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Speaking (Panel), Mentoring, Speaking (Presentation), Press Commentary, Board Seat/Advising, Academic Collaborations

About Rebecca

Dr. Rebecca Pinals received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Brown University (2016) and her PhD in Chemical Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at UC Berkeley (2021). Her PhD research focused on studying biomolecule-nanomaterial interfacial interactions to better engineer nanomaterials for probing biological systems. Rebecca is currently a Schmidt Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT Picower Institute, where she is developing sensors to investigate the mechanistic underpinnings of Alzheimer's Disease in human brain models, providing the requisite spatial, temporal, and chemical detail on biomarkers during disease onset and progression. Beyond research, Rebecca is passionate about STEM outreach, mentoring, and teaching.

STEM Keywords

Alzheimer's, bio-hybrid materials, bioengineering, biomaterials, biomolecular engineering, blood-brain barrier, engineering, engineering education, engineering/medicine collaborations, equity diversity and inclusion, interdisciplinary collaboration, math modeling, mentoring, Nano engineering, nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanotechnology, neuroscience, optical imaging, sensors, stem outreach, surface science, teaching and learning, tissue culture, women in stem

Country of Origin

United States

Rebecca's Innovation Activities

Patent Activity

BK-2021-048, BK-2021-079

Rebecca In the News

Postdocs earn interdisciplinary Schmidt Science Fellowships

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Rebecca Pinals on Method to the Madness

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Nano-sized sensors learn new biological tricks

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Rebecca Awards

Chemical Engineering Rising Star | MIT (2020)

Women Chemists Committee (WCC)/Merck Research Award | ACS (2020)

CAS Future Leader | ACS (2020)