Imperial College London

Professor Molly Stevens

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine



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208Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





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Molly Stevens is currently Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College. She joined Imperial in 2004 after a Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to this she graduated from Bath University with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and was then awarded a PhD in biophysical investigations of specific biomolecular interactions and single biomolecule mechanics from the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis at the University of Nottingham (2000).

In 2010 she was recognised by The Times as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40 and also received the Polymer International-IUPAC award for creativity in polymer science, the Rosenhain medal and the Norman Heatley Prize for Interdisciplinary research from the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2009 she was awarded the Jean Leray Award from the European Society for Biomaterials, in 2007 the prestigious Conference Science Medal from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and in 2005 the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering. She has also recently been recognised by the TR100, a compilation of the top innovators, under the age of 35, who are transforming technology - and the world with their work. Her previous awards include the Ronald Belcher Memorial Lecture Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2000) and both the Janssen Prize and the UpJohn Prize for academic excellence and research. In 2010 Molly was awarded the RSC Norman Heatley Prize and the IOM3 Rosenhain Medal and Prize, In 2012 Molly was awarded the Griffith Prize and medal from IOM3.  In 2012 she presented the Royal Society Clifford Patterson Lecture and in 2013 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

She has a large and extremely multidisciplinary research group of students and postdocs/fellows. The group is focused on both high quality fundamental science and translation for human health. Research in regenerative medicine within her group includes the directed differentiation of stem cells, the design of novel bioactive scaffolds and new approaches towards tissue regeneration. She has developed novel approaches to tissue engineering that are likely to prove very powerful in the engineering of large quantities of human mature bone for autologous transplantation as well as other vital organs such as liver and pancreas, which have proven elusive with other approaches. This has led to moves to translate the technology (including the founding of spin-out companies). In the field of nanotechnology the group has current research efforts in exploiting specific biomolecular recognition and self-assembly mechanisms to create new dynamic nano-materials, biosensors and drug delivery systems. Recent efforts by the Stevens group in peptide-functionalised nanoparticles for enzyme biosensing have enabled the most sensitive facile enzyme detection to date and have a host of applications across diseases ranging from cancer to global health applications.

Professor Stevens' research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.

Postdoc positions currently available:

Cell-surface studies, Peptide-functionalised Nanoparticles for Biosensing; Novel bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering; Micro-Raman Spectroscopy of Living Cells 

PhD positions in Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine and Biosensing are available for outstanding graduates. Projects include design and characterisation of materials, stem cell and tissue engineering, micro-Raman spectroscopy for live cell imaging, and bio-functionalised nanoparticles for biosensing. Projects are tailored to the individuals interests and skills. Please see our group website for details.

Recent News/Press Releases:


Lots of exciting things to report! Please see latest news on our personal Stevens group page which is regularly updated.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Howes PD, Chandrawati R, Stevens MM, 2014, Colloidal nanoparticles as advanced biological sensors, Science, Vol:346, ISSN:0036-8075

Bertazzo S, Gentleman E, Cloyd KL, et al., 2013, Nano-analytical electron microscopy reveals fundamental insights into human cardiovascular tissue calcification, Nature Materials, Vol:12, ISSN:1476-4660, Pages:576-583

Pashuck ET, Stevens MM, 2012, Designing Regenerative Biomaterial Therapies for the Clinic, Science Translational Medicine, Vol:4, ISSN:1946-6234

de la Rica R, Stevens MM, 2012, Plasmonic ELISA for the ultrasensitive detection of disease biomarkers with the naked eye, Nature Nanotechnology, Vol:7, ISSN:1748-3395, Pages:821-824

Rodriguez-Lorenzo L, de la Rica R, Alvarez-Puebla RA, et al., 2012, Plasmonic nanosensors with inverse sensitivity by means of enzyme-guided crystal growth, Nature Materials, Vol:11, ISSN:1476-4660, Pages:604-607

Howitt P, Darzi A, Yang GZ, et al., 2012, Technologies for global health, The Lancet, Vol:380, Pages:507-535

Mager MD, LaPointe V, Stevens MM, 2011, Exploring and exploiting chemistry at the cell surface, Nature Chemistry, Vol:3, ISSN:1755-4330, Pages:582-589

Gentleman E, Swain RJ, Evans ND, et al., 2009, Comparative materials differences revealed in engineered bone as a function of cell-specific differentiation, Nature Materials, Vol:8, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:763-770

Place ES, Evans ND, Stevens MM, 2009, Complexity in biomaterials for tissue engineering, Nature Materials, Vol:8, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:457-470

Stevens MM, Marini RP, Schaefer D, et al., 2005, In vivo engineering of organs: The bone bioreactor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:102, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:11450-11455

Stevens, M.M., George, J.H., 2005, Exploring and engineering the cell surface interface, Science, Vol:310, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1135-1138

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