Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship - Current Recipient

Dr. Herdeline Ann M. Ardoña.

American Chemical Society Awards Twelfth Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, has awarded the 12th Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020) to Dr. Herdeline Ann M. Ardoña, Sigal Fellow at the Wyss Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. E-mail:  hardona@seas.harvard.edu .

Herdeline completed her doctoral studies in 2017 at Johns Hopkins University, under the supervision of Professors John D. Tovar and Hai-Quan Mao. Her postdoctoral research will be on “Biohybrid Integration of Photoresponsive Polymeric Interfaces” under the supervision of Professor Kevin Kit Parker at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University.

Herdeline’s doctoral dissertation is titled “Molecular Engineering Strategies for the Development of Energy Transporting Conjugated Systems Towards Bioelectronics.” Her doctoral research focused on the development of new ways to effectively generate localized electric fields within the internal electronic conduits of peptide-based nanomaterials and exploring the underlying molecular design rules that govern their self-assembly mechanisms.

For her Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship, Herdeline will develop photoresponsive polymeric surfaces that can be integrated with biohybrid tissues. This photomodulated platform can potentially enable a label-free spatiotemporal control over the actuation of engineered in vitro tissues.