Faculty Directory
Neha Kamat

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (beginning January 1, 2017)


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E353
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-1213Email 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

    1. Jia, T. Z.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Kamat, N. P.; Adamala, K. P.;Szostak, J. W. Oligoarginine Peptides Slow Strand Annealing and Assist Non-Enzymatic RNA Replication. Nature Chemistry 2016, advance online publication.

    2. Kamat, N. P.; Tobe, S.; Hill, I. T.;Szostak, J. W. Electrostatic Localization of RNA to Protocell Membranes by Cationic Hydrophobic Peptides. Angewandte Chemie 2015.

    3. Kamat, N. P.; Henry, S. J.; Lee, D.;Hammer, D. A. Single-Vesicle Patterning of Uniform, Giant Polymersomes into Microarrays. Small 2013, 9, 2272-2276.

    4. Kamat, N. P.; Liao, Z.; Moses, L. E.; Rawson, J.; Therien, M. J.; Dmochowski, I. J.;Hammer, D. A. Sensing Membrane Stress with near Ir-Emissive Porphyrins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011, 108, 13984-13989.

    5. Kamat, N. P.; Lee, M. H.; Lee, D.;Hammer, D. A. Micropipette Aspiration of Double Emulsion-Templated Polymersomes. Soft Matter 2011, 7, 9863-9866.

    6. Kamat, N. P.; Robbins, G. P.; Rawson, J.; Therien, M. J.; Dmochowski, I. J.;Hammer, D. A. A Generalized System for Photoresponsive Membrane Rupture in Polymersomes. Advanced Functional Materials 2010, 20, 2588-2596.


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