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Meet The Ortony Lab

Prof. Julia Ortony

(she/her)

Samuel A. Goldblith Career Development Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2005 B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota
2011 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

Prof. Ortony completed her Ph.D. in Prof. Songi Han’s group at U.C. Santa Barbara. Prof. Ortony’s graduate work involved developing instrumentation based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy for measuring the motion of water on molecular length scales in soft matter. Prof. Ortony’s postdoctoral research was under Prof. Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University. There she applied her instrumentation background to dynamics characterization of supramolecular materials. Prof. Ortony joined the faculty of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2016. Details about her research program can be found here.

Sarah Ciriello

Administrative Assistant

Yukio Cho
Graduate Student
  • 2016 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2018 M. Eng. Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan

Yukio is a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Yukio’s research focuses on design, synthesis, and application of molecular nanomaterials for renewable energy technologies.

Sam Kaser

Graduate Student
skaser@mit.edu

2019 B.S. Chemistry, minor in Mathematics, Dalhousie University, Canada

Sam is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry focused on synthesis and characterization of supramolecular nanostructures. Sam uses both organic synthesis and magnetic resonance techniques to understand dynamics of self-assembled systems in water.

Rebecca Meacham
Graduate Student
 
 
Linnaea Uliassi

Undergraduate Researcher
luliassi@mit.edu

 

Former group members

Ty Christoff-Tempesta

Former Graduate Student

2022, Ph.D. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Dissertation: “Design of ultra-robust supramolecular assemblies
and their application to water treatment”

W. Robin Lindemann

Former Graduate Student

2020, Ph.D. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Dissertation: “Dynamics Characterization for Designing Functional Soft Materials”

Dr. Yu-Jin Choi

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2020 Ph.D. Polymer-Nano Science Technology, Chonbuk National University, Korea
  • 2015 M.S. Polymer-Nano Science Technology, Chonbuk National University, Korea

Dr. Choi is a fellow of the National Research Foundation of Korea, with expertise in synthesis and characterization of amphiphilic supramolecules and development of stimuli-responsive smart materials.

 

Dr. Dae-Yoon Kim

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

2018-2019 Postdoc

Currently: Faculty at Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Dr. Michela Geri

Former Postdoctoral Associate

2019-2020 Postdoc

Danielle Grey-Stewart

Former Undergraduate Researcher

2021, B.S., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Senior Thesis: “Synthesis of guanidinium-functionalized amphiphiles for the exploration of chaotropic supramolecular nanoribbons”

Currently: Rhodes Scholar, Cambridge University, UK

Cynthia Lo

Former Undergraduate Researcher

2018, B.S., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Senior Thesis: “Geometric and optical transformations of supramolecular host-guest amphiphiles”

Currently: MD/PhD Student, Yale University

We Are Always Welcoming New Group Members

GRADUATE STUDENTS:
We are accepting new graduate students from MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and related programs.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS:
We are accepting new postdoc applications in the area of organic chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule synthesis, purification, and chemical characterization.