Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomimetics, self-assembly, smart materials, crystal engineering, surface chemistry, nanofabrication, biomineralization, biomechanics and biooptics. She received the B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1981, the M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry in 1984 from MoscowStateUniversity, and the Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996.
Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Aizenberg was at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies. She made several pioneering contributions, including the development of new biomimetic approaches for the synthesis of ordered mineral films with highly controlled shapes and orientations; and the discovery of unique optical systems formed by organisms (microlenses and optical fibers) that outshine their technological analogs. Currently she has extended her program to developing new, non-fouling materials and adaptive structures that respond to their environment.
Joanna is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard University. She has served at the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and at the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. She is serving on the Advisory Board of Langmuir and Chemistry of Materials, and is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Materials.
Aizenberg is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; she received numerous awards from the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society, including Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, Ronald Breslow Award for the Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, Arthur K. Doolittle Award in Polymeric Materials, and was recognized with two R&D 100 Awards for best innovations in 2012 and 2013 for the invention of a novel class of omniphobic materials and watermark ink technologies.