Joanna Aizenberg

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Joanna Aizenberg
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Alma materMoscow State University, Weizmann Institute of Science
AwardsAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014

Joanna Aizenberg (born 1960) is a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. She is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,[1] the co-director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.[2] She is a prominent figure in the field of biologically inspired materials science, having authored 90 publications and holding 25 patents.[3]


Joanna Aizenberg discusses creating every desired material

Aizenberg received her B.S. degree in chemistry and her M.S. degree in physical chemistry from Moscow State University in 1981 and 1984 respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in structural biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996.[1]


She did her postdoctoral research with George Whitesides at Harvard University, investigating micro/nanofabrication and near-field optics. In 1998, she joined Bell Labs as a member of the technical staff where she has made a number of pioneering contributions, including developing new biomimetic approaches for the synthesis of ordered mineral films with highly controlled shapes and orientations, and discovering unique biological optical systems that outperform technological analogs, as well as characterizing the associated organic molecules.[4]

In 2007, Aizenberg joined the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.[2][5]

The lab's research investigates a wide range of topics that include biomimetics, self-assembly, adaptive materials, crystal engineering, surface wettability, nanofabrication, biooptics, biomaterials, and biomechanics.[6]

In 2019, Aizenberg was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the understanding of biological systems and bioinspired materials design.


  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 2019
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 2019[7]
  • Elected to the American Philosophical Society (2016)[8]
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014)[9]
  • Ronald Breslow Award for the Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, ACS 2008
  • Industrial Innovation Award, American Chemical Society, 2007
  • Outstanding Women Scientists Award, Indiana University, 2006
  • Lucent Chairman's Award, 2005
  • Pedersen Award Lecture, DuPont, 2005
  • ACS PROGRESS Lectureship Award, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2004
  • Distinguished Women Scientists Lectureship, University of Texas at Austin, 2003
  • New Investigator Award in Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues, 2001
  • Arthur K. Doolittle Award of the American Chemical Society (ACS), 1999
  • Award of the Max-Planck Society in Biology and Materials Science, Germany, 1995


  1. ^ a b "Joanna Aizenberg | International Institute for Nanotechnology". Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  2. ^ a b "Joanna Aizenberg | Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology". Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  3. ^ "Joanna Aizenberg : Wyss Institute at Harvard". Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  4. ^ "Joanna Aizenberg Ph.D.: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  5. ^ "Harvard Portrait – Joanna Aizenberg". Harvard Magazine (July–August 2008). Harvard Magazine Inc. 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  6. ^ "The Aizenberg Biomineralization and Biomimetics Lab". Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  7. ^ "2019 NAS Election". Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-02-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Professor Joanna Aizenberg". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.

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