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Paula Hammond and Arup Chakraborty named Institute Professors

The two chemical engineers are awarded MIT’s highest faculty honor.

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Five from MIT elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2021

Faculty members Dan Freedman, Robert Griffin, Larry Guth, Stephen Morris, and Gigliola Staffilani elected by peers for outstanding contributions to research.

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Large collaboration creates cell atlas of COVID-19 pathology

Single-cell analysis of autopsy samples from COVID-19 patients shows how the lungs repeatedly tried, and failed, to repair themselves.

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Alex Shalek wins 2021 Avant Garde Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

This award is given annually in recognition of the exceptional creativity of those who propose high-impact science that will open new areas of HIV research.

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Catherine Drennan named American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Fellow

Drennan is a member of the inaugural class of ASBMB Fellows honored for their efforts to advance the molecular life sciences.

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Robert Guy Griffin elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Griffin is one of 120 new members elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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Mastering molecular disorder

Adam Willard’s studies of how electrons flow through microscopically tangled materials could lead to new types of photovoltaic materials.

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Synthetic gelatin-like material mimics lobster underbelly’s stretch and strength

The membrane’s structure could provide a blueprint for robust artificial tissues.

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Brad Pentelute receives 2021 Rao Makineni Lectureship

This lectureship, given biennially, honors Rao Makineni, a long-time supporter of peptide science, peptide scientists, and the American Peptide Society.

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Synthetic mucus can mimic the real thing

An MIT team has created polymers that replicate the structure of mucins, the molecules that give mucus its unique antimicrobial properties.

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Cooling homes without warming the planet

The startup Transaera is using a class of materials, advanced by Professor Mircea Dinca, to create a more energy-efficient air conditioner.

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Design could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium batteries

Use of a novel electrolyte could allow advanced metal electrodes and higher voltages, boosting capacity and cycle life.

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Chemists gain new insights into the behavior of water in an influenza virus channel

Research on how water behaves in a proton channel provides possible new avenues for flu treatment.

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