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May 20, 2016
Vol. LXVIII, No. 11


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MITís Hammond To Give 2016 Pittman Lecture, May 26

Dr. Paula Hammond

Dr. Paula Hammond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will give the annual NIH Director’s Margaret Pittman Lecture on Thursday, May 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her topic is, “Nanolayered drug-release systems for regenerative medicine and targeted nanotherapies.”

Hammond is the David H. Koch chair professor of engineering in the chemical engineering department, which she heads, at MIT and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. She uses electrostatics and other complementary interactions to generate functional polymer materials with highly controlled architecture. Her research in nanotechnology encompasses the development of new biomaterials to enable drug delivery from surfaces with spatiotemporal control. She also investigates novel responsive polymer architectures for targeted nanoparticle drug and gene delivery and self-assembled materials systems for electrochemical energy devices.

The lecture honors Pittman, NIH’s first female lab chief, who made significant contributions to microbiology and vaccine development, particularly in the areas of pertussis and tetanus, during her long career at NIAID.

The lecture is part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series. For more information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747 or

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