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Neha Kamat

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E353
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-2671Email Neha Kamat


Biomedical Engineering


D.Phil., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2012

B.S., Bioengineering, Magna Cum Laude, Rice University, Houston, TX, May 2008

Research Interests

Our interests lie in constructing minimal systems, or artificial cells, as a tool to understand and recreate certain cellular behaviors. We are specifically interested in designing mechanically responsive systems that can optically or enzymatically report membrane stress in biological and polymeric environments. By using emerging engineering methods in material science and synthetic biology, we aim to construct macromolecular assemblies that can coordinate both membrane biophysical processes and RNA-regulated chemical processes in order to continuously sense and respond to designed stimuli for medicinal and technological applications.

Selected Publications

  • Enver Cagri Izgu, Anders Bjrkbom, Neha P. Kamat, Victor S. Lelyveld, Weicheng Zhang, Tony Z. Jia, Jack W. Szostak, “N-Carboxyanhydride-Mediated Fatty Acylation of Amino Acids and Peptides for Functionalization of Protocell Membranes”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2016)
  • Tony Z. Jia, Albert C. Fahrenbach, Neha P. Kamat, Katarzyna P. Adamala, Jack W. Szostak, “Oligoarginine peptides slow strand annealing and assist non-enzymatic RNA replication”, Nature Chemistry, (2016)


1. Daniel A Hammer, Ivan Julian Dmochowski, Gregory Patrick Robbins, Masaya S Jimbo, Michael J Therien, and Neha P Kamat. Polymer Vesicles for Selective Electromagnetic Energy-Induced Delivery. US Patent App. 12/548, 801.

honors and awards

2016 Rice Bioengineering Outstanding Undergraduate Alumna Award
2014-2016 NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2013 Solomon R. Pollack Award; thesis award in Bioengineering
2011 Nano/Bio Interface Center Graduate Research Award; best graduate research on Nanotechnology applied to Biology at the University of Pennsylvania
2009-2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2008-2009 GAANN Fellowship
2008 Rice University Student Association Outstanding Senior Award
2008/2009 Outstanding Bioengineering Junior/Senior Award
2005-2007 Beckman Scholars Award, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
2004-2008 Rice University Trustee Distinguished Scholarship, Louis J. Walsh Engineering Scholarship
2004-2006 Rice University Century Scholars Program
2004 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist