My name is Helena de Puig, I currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Collins lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University. In the Collins lab, I use synthetic biology principles to build new molecular diagnostics and smart materials.
I studied Industrial Engineering in Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS), Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain. After graduation, studied a S.M. in Mechanical Engineering in MIT (thesis), in Cambridge, USA, under the guidance of Dr. Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli on investigating the interfacial interactions of gold nanoparticles with biomolecules, as well as using gold nanorods to externally control biological processes. I then obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT (thesis), in the laboratory of Prof. Lee Gehrke where I developed nanoparticle-assisted detection methods to diagnose tropical diseases, such as dengue, zika, chikungunya or ebola.
Collins lab website: http://collinslab.mit.edu/index.html
Gehrke lab website: https://www.gehrkelab.org/
Hamad-Schifferli lab website: http://eng.umb.edu/~hamad/
My resume as of August, 2020