Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Angela Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in the fields of biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid-state chemistry. Her research is very interdisciplinary in nature and brings together the fields of inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and electrical engineering. She has identified a series of proteins that bind to semi-conducting nanoparticles and used these to help direct the assembly of nanoparticles in ways not previously possible. Belcher is also a Co-Founder of Semzyme, which creates protein tools. Among her awards are the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Du Pont Young Investigators Award. Belcher has a BA in Creative Studies and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was also a postdoctoral Fellow.