Michael J. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Photo by Kevin Monko


University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2023 – Present
Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation, 2018 – 2023
Department of Bioengineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Lipid Nanoparticle Delivery Systems Group Leader, Penn Institute for RNA Innovation
Director, Lipid Nanoparticle Synthesis Core, Penn Institute for RNA Innovation
Member, Abramson Cancer Center
Member, Center for Cellular Immunotherapies
Member, Center for Precision Engineering for Health
Member, Center for Soft and Living Matter
Member, Center for Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
Member, Penn Cardiovascular Institute
Member, Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Member, Penn Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry
Member, Penn Institute for Immunology
Member, Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NIH NCI F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014 – 2017
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Departments of Biological and Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Robert S. Langer

Cornell University
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2014
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2012
Advisor: Prof. Michael R. King

Stevens Institute of Technology
M.E., Materials Science and Engineering, 2009
B.E., Biomedical Engineering, 2009
Advisor: Prof. Woo Young Lee


CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2022
Young Investigator Award, Society for Biomaterials, 2022
Emerging Inventor of the Year, Penn Center for Innovation, 2021
40 Under 40 Alumni Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2021
Rising Star Award, Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 2021
Editorial Board, Biomaterials, 2021
Editorial Board, GEN Biotechnology, 2021
Editorial Board, Bioactive Materials, 2021
Emerging Investigator, Biomaterials Science, 2020
T. Nagai Award, Controlled Release Society, 2019
Rising Star Award in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2019
Young Investigator Award, Chinese Association for Biomaterials, 2019
NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, 2018 – 2023
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI), 2018 – 2023
STAT News Wunderkind Award, STAT News, 2017
Merck Graduate Research Advances in Delivery Science Award, Controlled Release Society, 2017
Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Postdoctoral Research Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2017
AACR Scholar in Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research, 2016
Young Investigator Council, Tissue Engineering Parts A,B,C, 2016
NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Cancer Institute, 2015 – 2018
Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Research, Society for Biomaterials, 2015
Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Ph.D. Student Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2015
Max Planck Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014
BMES Career Development Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014
Separations Division Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013
BMES Graduate Research and Design Award, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2013