Imperial College London

Professor Molly Stevens

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine



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Molly Stevens is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Materials and the Department of Bioengineering, and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

She joined Imperial in 2004 as a lecturer after 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).

The Stevens Group is a large and extremely multidisciplinary research group of students, postdocs and research fellows. They use innovative bioengineering approaches to pursue their vision of solving key problems in regenerative medicine and biosensing. Their research spans drug delivery, bioactive materials, tissue engineering, biosensing, materials characterisation, soft robotics and the interface between living and non-living matter, and is underpinned by collaborations with data scientists and molecular dynamics experts. This work is inherently interdisciplinary, so the group is made up of a diverse cast of materials scientists, engineers, chemists, biologists, physicists and surgeons. See the full list of Professor Stevens' research publications.

Professor Stevens is Fellow of 8 UK Societies including the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2019, she was elected Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA). She holds numerous leadership positions, for instance Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform “Smart Materials” Hub, Deputy Director of the EPSRC funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases, Associate Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence, previous member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council for Advanced Materials, Scientist Trustee of the National Gallery (London, UK), Associate Editor of ACS Nano and previous reviewing editor at Science, amongst many other roles.

Professor Stevens has been the recipient of over 30 prestigious awards, including the Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal (2020), Surfaces and Interfaces Award (Royal Society of Chemistry 2019), Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize (Institute of Physics, 2018), the Harrison Medal (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2017) and the Imperial College President’s Award and Medal for Outstanding Research Team (2016). View the full list on the Stevens Group website.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hogset H, Horgan C, Bergholt M, et al., 2020, In vivo biomolecular imaging of zebrafish embryos using confocal Raman spectroscopy, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-12

Kim N, Thomas MR, Bergholt MS, et al., 2020, Surface enhanced raman scattering artificial nose for high dimensionality fingerprinting, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723

Loynachan C, Soleimany AP, Dudani JS, et al., 2019, Renal clearable catalytic gold nanoclusters for in vivo disease monitoring, Nature Nanotechnology, Vol:14, ISSN:1748-3387, Pages:883-890

Wood CS, Thomas M, Budd J, et al., 2019, Taking connected mobile-health diagnostics of infectious diseases to the field., Nature, Vol:566, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:467-474

Penders J, Pence I, Horgan C, et al., 2018, Single Particle Automated Raman Trapping Analysis, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Heeney MJ, Creamer A, Wood C, et al., 2018, Post-polymerisation functionalisation of conjugated polymer backbones and its application in multi-functional emissive nanoparticles, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Reznikov N, Bilton M, Lari L, et al., 2018, Fractal-like hierarchical organization of bone begins at the nanoscale, Science, Vol:360, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1-10

von Erlach T, Bertazzo S, Wozniak MA, et al., 2018, Cell-geometry-dependent changes in plasma membrane order direct stem cell signalling and fate, Nature Materials, Vol:17, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:237-242

Horejs CM, St-Pierre JP, Ojala JRM, et al., 2017, Preventing tissue fibrosis by local biomaterials interfacing of specific cryptic extracellular matrix information, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Kallepitis C, Bergholt MS, Mazo MM, et al., 2017, Quantitative volumetric Raman imaging of three dimensional cell cultures, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Wood CS, Stevens MM, 2016, MATERIALS SCIENCE Improving the image of nanoparticles, Nature, Vol:539, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:505-506

Reznikov N, Steele JAM, Fratzl P, et al., 2016, A materials science vision of extracellular matrix mineralization, Nature Reviews Materials, Vol:1, ISSN:2058-8437

Chiappini C, De Rosa E, Martinez JO, et al., 2015, Biodegradable silicon nanoneedles delivering nucleic acids intracellularly induce localized in vivo neovascularization., Nature Materials, Vol:14, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:532-539

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

de la Rica R, Stevens MM, 2013, Plasmonic ELISA for the detection of analytes at ultralow concentrations with the naked eye, Nature Protocols, Vol:8, ISSN:1754-2189, Pages:1759-1764

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, <i>In vivo</i> 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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