Organisation: Imperial College London
Molly Stevens is currently Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and a Research Director at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College. Molly completed her Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer, winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before moving to Imperial College in 2004.
In 2010 Molly was recognised by The Times as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40, and as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard in 2014. She has received many awards for her achievements, including the 2005 Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering, the prestigious Conference Science Medal from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2007, and the 2010 RSC Norman Heatley Prize. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.
Molly leads a large and multidisciplinary research group comprising surgeons, chemists and engineers at Imperial College known as The Stevens Group. The group focuses on developing biomaterials for biosensing and regenerative medicine, helping the human body heal itself. The group’s research areas include the directed differentiation of stem cells, the design of novel bioactive scaffolds and new approaches towards tissue regeneration.
Molly mentors her Imperial College colleague and Hub Member Toby Basey-Fisher, who is developing affordable handheld diagnostic devices to make life easier for the 1.6 billion anaemia sufferers globally.
“Mentoring is so important for everyone. I’ve been really fortunate in the mentors that I’ve had and they have always been there for me. Someone with a bit more experience can suggest an idea that saves a huge amount of time, and can be a great sounding board. It’s not just the mentees that benefit, mentees teach mentors things too!”