January 24, 202

Very exciting to see Dr. Joelle Straehla named as one of 12 finalists decided by the MIT Faculty Founder Initiative for the 2023-2024 MIT-Royalty Pharma Prize Competition

October 24, 2023

Congratulations to Elizabeth Nelson for presenting at the 2023 AfroBiotech Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and being selected as Runner Up for the Poster Session Presentation Award! 

September 15, 2023

Straehla Lab members, Elizabeth Nelson and Julianna Kenny-Serrano, presenting posters at NanoDDS 2023! Great work team! 


September 1, 2023

We'd like to highlight some recently published articles starring Kimberly Bennett, who has been awarded THREE highly prestigious fellowships! Check out each story from MIT News, UC Riverside, and Harvard-MIT HST

July 27, 2023

Congratulations are in order for Kimberly Bennett who has been selected as an HHMI Gilliam Fellow! An amazing achievement, go, Kim! 

June 24, 2023

Congratulations to Michael Marand for an excellent poster presentation at the SNO Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research Conference in Washington DC! 

June 7, 2023

Back-to-back success in the Straehla Lab: Congratulations to Joelle Straehla on being awarded a Career Award for Medical Scientists from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. This prestigious award was granted to just 12 exceedingly talented scientists with medical or doctoral degrees pursuing careers in biomedical sciences and making exceptional impacts in their fields. We're so proud of you, Joelle! 

June 7, 2023

Kimberly Bennett is back in the news again! Congratulations to Kim for successfully passing her qualifying exam and achieving PhD Candidacy in Health Sciences and Technology! 

April 4, 2023

A massive congratulations are in order for Kimberly Bennett who was awarded both the prestigious NSF GRFP and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship! We're so proud of you, Kim! 

January 11, 2023

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Joelle Straehla for receiving the 2022 AACR-Day One Biopharmaceuticals Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship. We are excited about this opportunity from AACR and Day One Biopharmaceuticals to advance our research on the blood-tumor barrier for diffuse midline glioma with the goal of developing new targeted therapies! Read more here.

December 13, 2022

Check out this MIT News article about first-generation graduate student experiences featuring Kimberly Bennett! 

October 13, 2022

Thank you to the Koch Institute for highlighting our lab as part of the SCIENCE with/in/sight Cancer Research Futures event. For more info, check out the recording.

October 2022

Congratulations to graduate student Kimberly Bennett, who represented her undergraduate chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the National Convention --they were awarded three National Honors under her time as President: (1) the Chapter Excellence Award with Distinction, the (2) Chapter Project Award, and now the (3) Most Improved Chapter Award.

We are fortunate to have Kim at MIT and look forward to all the great work she will do to foster student and community engagement.

September 9, 2022

Congratulations to our summer MSRP student, Rachel Myers, who was accepted to present her research at the 14th annual Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium on Oct. 8. We’re also excited that she will continue her work in the lab remotely this fall.

September 8, 2022

Congratulations to Julianna Kenny-Serrano who is the recipient of a Talent Development Award from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The award will support Julianna for two years in her role as a research technician and provide career development to support her goal of becoming a physician-scientist. Great work, Juli!

August 31, 2022

Our work on the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers is highlighted at the 4th Annual Brain Barriers Summit, where Dr. Joelle Straehla was invited to share our work.

July 22, 2022

Thank you to MIT News and other outlets who highlighted nanoPRISM: a collaborative project co-led by Joelle Straehla and Natalie Boehnke while they were postdoctoral researchers in Paula Hammond’s group. This work is foundational to the Straehla Lab’s mission of investigating biologic regulators of nanoparticle delivery.
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July 5, 2022

Welcome to the inaugural members of the Straehla Lab! Kimberly Bennett joined in May 2022 as a graduate student co-advised by Professor Paula Hammond. Julianna Kenny-Serrano and Elizabeth Nelson joined in June 2022 as research associates. Michael Marand joins in July 2022 as a joint Hammond-Straehla lab technician.

March 7, 2022

Dr. Joelle Straehla begins her work as a Clinical Investigator, thank you to the KI community for the warm welcome!
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