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When applying to graduate school at MIT, you are applying to a specific department. It’s important that you indicate on the application the degree and program that you wish to pursue. Your application is then evaluated by the appropriate department, and you are notified of the result. Even if your objective is to enter an interdepartmental program, you must still apply through one of the participating departments. All graduate students must have a primary affiliation with and be registered in a single department. DMSE offers two graduate degrees: Master of Science (SM) and Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Science (PhD/ScD).

DMSE graduate students can pursue three interdepartmental programs involving academic training and requirements outside the department: Archaeology and Archaeological Materials, Program in Polymers and Soft Matter, Technology and Policy Program, and Computational Science and Engineering.

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Required information for your application.

In your application, you will provide the following information:

  • Research field(s) of interest
  • Personal information
  • Names and e-mail addresses of three letter of recommendation writers. (We recommend that you notify your evaluators before October 1 to give them time to prepare and submit their evaluations by December 1 . Once you have submitted your online application, instructions to your evaluator will automatically be generated and emailed to them.)
  • Scanned copies of your college transcripts
  • For international students, your official TOEFL/IELTS scores (for more information, see “Other Application Information” section below)
  • Application fee of $75
  • Awards (List any prizes, fellowships, and honors that you have received.)
  • Publications (List any technical publication that you have published or are preparing.)
  • Presentations (List any talks, seminars, or other types of presentations that you have delivered at a scientific conference or similar events.)
  • Research experience (List any research experience that you have had.)
  • Teaching and work experience (List any teaching and relevant work experience—for example, internships—that you have had.)
  • Other experience (List any other relevant experience that you have had, such as military, volunteering, or travel.)
  • Why do you want to study material science and engineering? [150 words]
  • Why are you a good fit for DMSE at MIT? [100 words]
  • How does earning a graduate degree fit with your professional life goals? [150 words]
  • Anything else you’d like to share. Please tell us anything else about yourself that you think we should know. (No word limit)

Application due December 1

Applications for the September admission to the SM or PhD program must be submitted using the online application portal by 23:59 EST December 1. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and are responsible for ensuring that all admissions credentials are submitted on time. Your application will not be reviewed until all materials have been received.

Other Application Information

For international applicants: ielts/toefl exam or waiver, ielts/toefl exam.

For applicants whose primary language is not English, your IELTS or TOEFL exam scores are required. For IELTS, the minimum score required is 7. Send electronic scores to MIT Graduate Admissions. For TOEFL, the minimum score required for the internet-based test, or iBT, is 100; the minimum score required for the paper-based test, or PBT, is 600. The code for MIT is 3514; DMSE’s department code is 69.

Exam Requirement Waiver

Some students may qualify for a waiver of the IELTS/TOEFL requirement. Describe how you meet one of the following criteria.

  • Are you a student who has attended elementary/secondary schools that provide instruction primarily in English?
  • Are you a student who will have received an undergraduate degree from an institution that provides instruction primarily in English?
  • Are you a student who has been in the US for three years and will have received a degree from a US institution before entering MIT?

Include a statement requesting the waiver in the supplemental materials page on the online application.

Application Fee Waiver

The Office of Graduate Education offers fee waivers for US citizens and US permanent residents who demonstrate financial hardship, are current or former members of the United States Armed Forces, or who have participated in special fellowship programs, including MIT-sponsored diversity programs (e.g., MIT Summer Research Program, CONVERGE). 

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Application opens.

Completed applications are due.

December to February

Application review happens.

Interviews will be carried out by DMSE faculty members.

Late January to early February

Admission decisions are sent to candidates and invited to visit MIT.

Late February and early March

Admitted applicants visit MIT and the department during one of our visit days opportunities

Admitted students decisions are due.

Other Resources

  • The  Council of Graduate Schools  offers helpful resources and information for students seeking graduate study.
  • The DMSE Application Assistance Program is a volunteer-based, student-run program that provides assistance to DMSE applicants from underrepresented groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions are answered in this section. Before contacting MIT DMSE Graduate Academic Office concerning graduate admissions ( [email protected] ), please review the questions below.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

Effective the Fall 2024 admissions cycle, the department will not accept GRE scores as supplementary material.

How will I know that you have received all of my application materials?

You will be notified by email when we receive your application. You will also be able to check the status of your application & supplemental materials via the online application. You will receive a final confirmation once all materials have been received and added to the application file (recommendation letters, transcripts, test scores). This confirmation will be sent before January 31. If, on January 31, you have not heard that the application is complete, please email the department.

Can you give me an idea of my chances for admission, based on scores or class rank, for example?

We can make no preliminary evaluation based on one or two qualifications. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews the entire application (recommendations, essay, grades, test scores, previous research experience, etc.) in making its decisions.

I don’t have an undergraduate background in materials science and engineering. Do I have any chance of being admitted?

Yes, while many of our admitted students have an undergraduate background in materials science and engineering, the remaining students have training in fields such as biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering.

Does DMSE admit its own undergraduate students to the graduate program?

Yes, we consider our own undergraduates for admission to all of our graduate programs.

Would it help my chances to send my application directly to a specific faculty member?

Admission decisions are made by a departmental committee. The decision is based on overall qualifications, independent of research interest. If you bypass the regular admissions route, you risk having your application misplaced. Please direct all admission related inquiries to  [email protected] .

Should I contact faculty members to try to secure a Research Assistantship before I’ve been admitted?

Students are urged to wait for official admission to DMSE before contacting faculty regarding research assistantships and thesis supervision.

What kind of funding is available to support students in the program?

A number of funding opportunities are available for graduates students at DMSE. These appointments pay tuition, a competitive stipend, and health insurance. Students are encouraged to apply for outside fellowships to help finance their graduate studies. Some domestic students are supported by NSF, NDSEG, Hertz, and Whitaker fellowships, as well as other government and corporate sources. Some international students are supported by their government or a scholarship agency (e.g., Samsung scholarship, ILJU, Royal Thai government) Kwanjeong Scholarship, Canadian NSERC.

Can I take courses on a part-time basis or as a visiting student?

The DMSE graduate program requires on-campus attendance at classes that are offered during the day and generally meet 2-3 times per week. Please refer to the  MIT Office of Graduate Admissions  for information about special student admissions and MIT advanced study program.

How long does it take to earn the doctoral degree at MIT DMSE?

DMSE graduate students normally take about 5 years to earn the PhD.

I already have a master’s degree. Can I apply it to the DMSE PhD requirements?

MIT has a qualifying procedure for the doctoral degree, so even though you have already earned a master of science degree at another institution, if you receive admission here, you would be admitted as a master of science degree student with the option to bypass the master’s degree and go directly into the doctoral program provided that you successfully pass the qualification procedure. Some students admitted in this category may choose to complete another master’s degree in DMSE before working on their doctoral  program.  Specific questions about transfer credits and other matters can be discussed with the Academic Office after admissions letters have been sent. Students applying to the PPSM or Archaeological Materials interdepartmental doctoral program should review those programs’ qualification procedure.

Can I visit DMSE?

Prospective applicants are welcome to visit MIT. You can arrange a tour of the campus through the MIT  Admissions Office . Admitted students are encouraged to visit on one of our two weekend-long visits (arrive Thursday early evening and depart Sunday morning) in March to become acquainted with the department, with MIT as a whole, and with Boston and Cambridge. Food and lodging are supplied as is part of the airfare.

Does DMSE have different admissions criteria for the master’s and PhD graduate programs?

The criteria for admissions is the same. The Admissions Committee does not make a distinction in the application evaluation process.

Do I need to complete the “Record of Subjects Taken” in the online application?

No. DMSE does not require applicants to complete the “Record of Subjects Taken” in the online application.

If admitted, can I defer my admission?

On rare occasions, deferral requests are approved for one year. Approved deferrals will only be for admission and not for any departmental financial aid award a student received upon admission. Applicants must contact the department to ask about a deferral before February 1.

Contact DMSE Admissions

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Academic Office Building 6, Room 107 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 [email protected]

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To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must normally have received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Applicants are evaluated by the department in which they propose to register on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise. These are evidenced by academic records, letters of evaluation from individuals familiar with the applicant's capabilities, and any other pertinent data furnished by the applicant. While high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, such achievement, or other persuasive evidence of professional promise, is expected.

A student registered in a program of study leading to the simultaneous award of the bachelor's degree and master's degree must apply for graduate study and be registered as a graduate student for at least one academic term (not the summer session) of their program of study.

Some engineering departments require students seeking a doctoral degree to qualify first for a master's degree.

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In addition to preparation in the specific field of interest, most departments require significant work in mathematics and the physical sciences, but some require as little as a year of college-level work in these disciplines. Requirements of individual departments are described in their chapters of this catalog. Students with minor deficiencies in preparation may be admitted for graduate study; however, deficiencies in prerequisite or general or professional subjects must be made up before the student can proceed with graduate work dependent on them.

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Students normally begin graduate study in September. However, in select departments, suitable programs can be arranged for students entering in June or February. Prospective applicants should check with individual departments about their dates for admission and matriculation. Application deadlines vary by department. Deadlines are noted on the graduate admission application.

All applicants are required to apply online. Each department or program has its own online application with specific instructions. Department websites and application instructions may be found on the MIT Graduate Admissions website.

Inquiries about specific application and testing requirements, deadlines, and notification of decision for admission should be addressed to the appropriate graduate department or program.

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Graduate student applicants who are citizens of countries other than the United States must have received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical institute of acceptable standing. The academic record and all credentials must indicate the ability of the candidate to complete the approved program of graduate study and research. Applicants are evaluated by the academic departments. Admission is granted on a competitive basis. Competence in written and spoken English is expected.

English Language Proficiency Test Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English, including those currently enrolled in US institutions, must present evidence of their ability to carry on their studies in English.

Qualifying applicants must take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), or the Cambridge English Test (Advanced or Proficiency test); refer to department information for specific testing requirements, which vary.

Students who have received instruction in English in their primary and secondary schools may be eligible for a waiver of the English proficiency exam requirement. Also, students who have been in residence in the United States, or in another country where English is an official language, for three years or longer and have received a degree from an accredited institution there where English is the primary language of instruction, may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. In both cases, applicants may send a written request to the department or program to which they are applying, and should be prepared to provide verification of the institution’s language of instruction. If the applicant is admitted, the department or program will keep this information with the student’s records.

Please see Graduate Admissions for more information about considerations for international applicants.

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How do i apply.

Fill out the ChemE online application. The application is open from early-September to November 13.

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Do you offer a Graduate Application Assistance Program?

Is the deadline the same for the application and supporting documents, how do i pay for the application fee, can the application fee be waived or deferred, i applied last year; how can i reapply, is it ok to send copies of awards, papers or extra letters of recommendation to supplement my application, i will be applying before i finish the fall term. should i update my application with a new transcript which includes my fall term grades, may i apply to other departments or programs outside of the chemical engineering department, are there any differences in the application requirements for the different graduate programs (ph.d., ph.d. cep, m.s. cep), will the department keep me informed of my application status, what are the selection criteria.

Understanding of the Chemical Engineering Fundamentals: The candidate’s core knowledge of chemical kinetics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and the underlying quantitative skills that form the core solution methods for Chemical Engineers.

Analytical and Scientific Preparation: A candidate’s background in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science as relevant to the candidate’s area(s) of interest.

Drive and Persistence: A candidate’s commitment to education and research and ability to overcome adversity when challenges are encountered.

Excellence in Research: A candidate’s demonstrated accomplishment in scientific research, including scientific creativity and ability to formulate important scientific questions.

Character: A candidate’s integrity, leadership potential, and ability to work effectively on teams and as a community member within a diverse and multicultural environment.

Communication Skills: A candidate’s demonstrated effectiveness with scientific written and oral communication in English on technical and non-technical subjects.

My undergraduate experience was affected by COVID-19. What will this mean for my application?

Can i visit your department or contact faculty before being admitted, can i contact faculty, how can i submit my gre score, can i waive the ielts, toefl, cambridge english exams, how do i report my ielts, toefl, or cambridge english exam scores, when is the last date i can take the ielts, toefl, or cambridge english exam, what is the minimum requirement for the ielts, what is the minimum requirement for the toefl, what is the minimum requirement for the cambridge english exam, what degree programs do you offer in chemical engineering, can i apply to more than one degree program in your department, if i am not admitted to the phd program, will i be considered for the mscep program, since i have been in the workforce for the last few years, it will be difficult to obtain all letters of recommendation from faculty members. is it ok to ask my employer/supervisors to write letters in support of my application, are interdisciplinary programs available.

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Does the Department admit its own S.B. students to the graduate program?

Do i need to have research experience prior to applying, i do not have a background in chemical engineering, can i still apply, are there courses i should take to strengthen my engineering background.

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Do you offer financial support, does the stipend cover health insurance, do you offer spring or summer term admission, can i receive transfer credit for graduate courses i have already taken, what is the review process timeline, can you give me an idea of my chances for admission, based on scores or class rank, for example, if admitted, can i defer my admission, whom do i contact if i have questions about the application process.

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Ph.d. programme.

MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU) has meticulously designed Ph.D. programmes aimed to enhance candidate's research skills and prepare them for successful careers in academia or research. The programme offers specialized instruction in various areas, such as hypothesis formulation, research question development, comprehensive literature reviews, research ethics, and effective use of online resources. With a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, candidates are encouraged to explore innovative ideas within their fields. They receive dedicated support in selecting research areas and undergo a rigorous research process, ensuring the highest standards are met through performance evaluations. Candidates are required to publish in renowned journals, benefiting from faculty mentorship, while common courses enhance scientific aptitude and research output. Additionally, these programmes foster research networks, aid in developing and executing Ph.D. plans and provide a comprehensive education.

Specializations

Ph.d. chemical engineering.

The Doctoral Research (Ph.D.) programme in Chemical Engineering aims to upskill and reskill graduate Candidates from Chemical, Petrochemical, Petroleum, Polymer, Oil and Paints, Environmental, Applied Chemistry and allied branches into technology practitioners. The programme equips Candidates to build on the knowledge acquired during their Masters and bachelor’s education and study the various streams of Chemical Engineering in depth for careers in academia, research, and industry. The candidates acquire advanced knowledge and contemporary and future oriented and entrepreneurial skill sets which opens career opportunities in numerous fields. With the upcoming ‘New and Green Hydrogen Energy Centre’, the Ph.D.scholars at the Department would have affluent opportunities in the career aspects of Decarbonization, EV batteries, BioMethane and Green Hydrogen generation The programme offers two specialisations

Energy Engineering with focus on affordable Green Hydrogen manufacturing Water and Wastewater Treatment

Career outcomes

  • Academic Researcher/Professor
  • Research and Development (R&D) Scientist/Engineer
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance Manager
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Consultant/Patent Examiner
  • Project Manager

Ph.D. Civil Engineering

The doctor of philosophy programme (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering provides a platform to Candidates to explore their research skills in a specialised area and to develop a dissertation that embodies the results of original research and gives evidence of high merit. The Candidates acquire a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialized research skills in core aspects of civil engineering to advance learning and/or professional practice. The faculty at department of civil engineering, comprising a multi-disciplinary team, attempts to deliver industry relevant, original solutions in an ethical and sustainable way. The team, through its doctoral programme, endeavours to develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society. Many peer reviewed articles and patents are published by the faculty as an outcome of doctoral research. The research is strongly supported by state of art experimental and computational facilities, many of which are procured through research grants from reputed organizations including AICTE, MOUs with recognized academic institutes like Politecnico De Milano of Italy and industries. Broad areas of research available at the school include

Structural Engineering Construction & Management Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Transportation Engineering Tunnel Engineering

  • Construction and Project Management
  • Transportation and Urban Planning

Ph.D. Computer Engineering

The Department of Computer Science and Applications offers a highly research-intensive full-time and part-time Doctorate programme and provides Candidates with excellent facilities and expert guidance to support their research endeavors. The programme is designed to help postgraduate Candidates develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research. The programme provides specialised training in research components such as hypothesis creation, research questions, literature review, research ethics, and the use of online tools and resources. The programme has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and encourages Candidates to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in their chosen areas of study. The Candidates are encouraged to find the solution to the problems faced by society and different domains of technology in computer science and other fields.

  • Government and Public Sector
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Networking and Communications

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering with ARAI

The Department of Computer Science and Applications offers a highly research-intensive full-time and part-time Doctorate programme and provides students with excellent facilities and expert guidance to support their research endeavours.

The Department offers the regular PhD programme as well as a PhD programme in collaboration with the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The programme is designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research. The programme provides specialised training in research components such as hypothesis creation, research questions, literature review, research ethics, and the use of online tools and resources. The programme has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and encourages students to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in their chosen areas of study. The students are encouraged to find the solution to the problems faced by society and different domains of technology in computer science and other fields.

Ph.D. Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science and Applications offers a highly research-intensive full-time and part-time Doctorate programme and provides students with excellent facilities and expert guidance to support their research endeavors. The programme is designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research. The programme provides specialised training in research components such as hypothesis creation, research questions, literature review, research ethics, and the use of online tools and resources. The programme has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and encourages students to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in their chosen areas of study. The students are encouraged to find the solution to the problems faced by society and different domains of technology in computer science and other fields.

Ph.D. Electronics & Communication Engineering

A doctoral programme offered by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering aims to create distinguished professionals who shall play a leading role in transforming the industry through research, advanced development, teaching, or entrepreneurship.

The Department is committed to long-term research in frontier areas like Wireless Communication, Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence & Machine learning, Computer vision, VLSI Design & Embedded system. Faculty and students of the Department of ECE have published 400+ papers in reputed journals and indexed conferences and filed more than 30 patents in the last three years.

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Technology is changing at a very rapid pace, and it is nearly impossible to cope with modern problems without research. To provide solutions to these problems as well as to understand the various underlying mechanisms that affect the proposed solutions, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers Ph.D. programme in Mechanical Engineering where Ph.D. supervisors and research scholars work on fundamental and applied research in an interdisciplinary manner. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has expert faculty members working in several areas covering almost all the core as well as allied disciplines of mechanical engineering. Various published research papers in international peer reviewed journals and several granted patents reflect the command and expertise of Ph.D. supervisors in their areas of interests. As a Ph.D. degree requirement, the research scholar is required to take coursework for a minimum period of one semester which trains them in the fundamentals of research like hypothesis creation, research methodology, use of tools and more. The scholars are engaged in research in a variety of areas including

Design Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Thermal Engineering Biomedical Engineering Robotics and Automation Electric Vehicles Design and Battery Management System Energy Engineering

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with ARAI

Technology is changing at a very rapid pace, and it is nearly impossible to cope with modern problems without research. To provide solutions to these problems as well as to understand the various underlying mechanisms that affect the proposed solutions, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers Ph.D. programme in Mechanical Engineering where Ph.D. supervisors and research scholars work on fundamental and applied research in an interdisciplinary manner.

The Department offers the regular PhD programme as well as a PhD programme in collaboration with the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The Department of Mechanical Engineering has expert faculty members working in several areas covering almost all the core as well as allied disciplines of mechanical engineering. Various published research papers in international peer reviewed journals and several granted patents reflect the command and expertise of Ph.D. supervisors in their areas of interests.

As a Ph.D. degree requirement, the research scholar is required to take coursework for a minimum period of one semester which trains them in the fundamentals of research like hypothesis creation, research methodology, use of tools and more. The scholars are engaged in research in a variety of areas including

Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering

The School of Petroleum Engineering registers candidate for Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering on regular and part-time basis. Research Scholars after successfully completing their research work obtain Ph.D. degree from MIT WPU, Pune. The school has so far produced Ph.D. Candidates and many scholars are actively doing their research on the current issues in oil and gas industries. Candidates can build on their master’s and bachelor’s degree education by studying the subfields of Petroleum Engineering in greater depth through this programme, preparing them for jobs in teaching, research, and industry. Candidates who complete the programme increase their employment options by learning cutting-edge information as well as modern, forward-thinking, and entrepreneurial skills. Main thrust areas in which research is going on: Reservoir engineering, production engineering, geothermal, produced water treatment, enhanced oil recovery, data analytics in oil and gas.

Ph.D. Business Administration

The Faculty of Business and Leadership at MIT-WPU offers a highly research-intensive and industry-oriented PhD in Business Administration. The programme aims to mentor, prepare and build an intellectually stimulating and satisfying ecosystem in which the scholarly development of the learner is achieved. The learning architecture of the programme integrates theoretical concepts, practice-oriented and skill-based teaching-learning approaches, innovation-stimulating scholastic practices, and research culture. The structured theoretical framework of the course trains the research scholar in innovative and scientific thinking as well as multidisciplinary research skills for solving complex business problems. The candidates will serve as leaders at the forefront of the professionals possessing administrative acumen and academic prowess needed for informed decision-making.

Ph.D. Commerce

The Doctoral Research (Ph.D.) programme Department of Economics and Commerce, MIT-WPU aims to develop scholars for higher level careers in commerce research and teaching, practice, consulting, training, and development. It trains independent researcher, teachers and professional through rigorous coursework, research seminars and various workshops to develop the skills and expertise needed to make a real impact in industry, academia, government, and the society. The programme equips Candidatess to engage in creative and innovative research, publications and authenticate the findings of their research in Commerce related areas. The candidates get the advanced knowledge and current issues in the field of accounting, costing, banking and finance, marketing etc. with the sound theoretical concepts, its application, and upcoming trends. The candidate will serve as academician, policy-oriented researchers and professional possessing practical knowledge with cutting edge research and industry required skills in the various field of Commerce domain.

Ph.D. Economics

The full-time Ph.D. Programme in the Department of Economics at School of Economics and Public Policy, MIT-WPU, is perfect for Candidates of high promise who wish to prepare themselves in research for responsible positions in government, research organizations, academia, or business enterprises. The programme prepares Candidates for productive and stimulating careers as economists.

The Department seeks to enable scholars to work in an intellectually active and stimulating environment through seminars on such topics as environmental economics, economic growth and development, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, industrial organization, law and economics, behavioural economics, labor economics, and economic history. Top scholars from both domestic and international communities are often invited as speakers at the seminars.

Ensuring a Candidates body that is culturally diverse and research-oriented in the range of intellectual interests, both the department and the University attract bright researchers due to their research facilities. Candidates are able to share their learning across a wider group of researchers from different domains, and collaborate on research projects and publication.

Ph.D. in Biochemistry

The Department of Biosciences and Technology offers research-intensive Ph.D. programmes designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research. The scholars, researchers and guides at the Department are engaged in research in diverse research areas of fundamental & applied biology like molecular microbiology, genomics, Bioinformatics, Cell biology, Plant biotechnology, Proteomics, Nanobiotechnology, Biosensors, Biomimetics, Complexity Biology, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Metabolomics, Biofertilizers, Biocontrol and Integrated Nutrient Management. The Department also focuses on advanced interdisciplinary translational research in the areas of Point-of-Care biosensors, diagnostic tools, multiplexed detection methodology, Lab-on-Chip devices, nutraceuticals and bio-actives production.

Ph.D. in Biotechnology

Ph.d. in chemistry.

The Doctorate in Chemistry at MIT-WPU is a highly research-intensive programme. The programme is designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills, advance in specialist knowledge and prepare for careers in academia, industry, or research. The programme entails a comprehensive framework comprising coursework, focused research, and the completion of a doctoral thesis. As part of their academic journey, Ph.D. students will acquire expertise in essential research components, including literature survey, research ethics, experimentation, problem-solving, data analysis, and instrument handling. The programme offers a rich ecosystem of collaboration opportunities with fellow researchers, both within the university and in the broader scientific community leading to the building of strong professional networks for the prospective candidates. The students are encouraged to publish papers in reputable journals and provided with guidance from faculty members with extensive experience in research. With a focus on various aspects of the discipline, ranging from fundamental theories to applied areas with practical applications, the department engages in research across specific domains such as, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry, nanomaterials, and theoretical & computational chemistry. In addition, the faculty members at the department are trained in top institutions/laboratories in their respective research areas and can provide unparalleled mentoring to the Ph.D. students for a competitive edge and excellence in chemical science. The Department of Chemistry warmly welcomes motivated and diligent students who possess a strong interest in Chemistry, providing them with a platform to embark on highly intensive research work in their respective domains. By joining this program, students can explore their passion for Chemistry and make significant contributions to the field through rigorous and innovative research endeavors.

A few research specialization areas:

  • Phytochemistry
  • Materials and Nanoscience
  • Polymers, Composites, Rubbers & Elastomers
  • Molecular Materials
  • Microplastics
  • Nanotechnology and Nanocomposites
  • Paint Technology and Surface Coatings
  • Energy Harvesting and Storage Materials
  • Biopolymers and Biodegradable Polymers
  • Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry
  • Polymer Recycling
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • Theoretical & Computational Chemistry
  • Molecular Reaction Dynamics

Ph.D. in Consciousness Studies

MIT-WPU offers a unique, one-of-its-kind PhD in Consciousness Studies at its School of Consciousness Studies. The programme is a perfect blend of detailed course work offered either via online platform or classroom and extensive research work in the laboratories. The goal at School of Consciousness (SoC) is to translate the knowledge in the frontiers of Vedic Science/Chemical Science/Life sciences/Physics/Clinical Science/Applied Sciences/Earth and Climate Sciences/Data Science/Psychology into the well being of the society and open up the avenues for understanding the unmet understanding of consciousness.

Candidates holding a Masters degree with experience in any field of Science mentioned above can register for the programme.

Ph.D. in Design

The curriculum and pedagogy at MIT-WPU’s School of Design have evolved through an interdisciplinary and value-based approach to creative problem-solving, wherein research plays a pivotal role in the design process. The Ph.D. programme offered in Design emphasizes the application of various research methods, customized to meet the specific needs of society, fostering collaboration between designers and end-users. The primary objective of the programme is to facilitate design interventions and services that enhance the quality of life for people while sustaining the environment. Moreover, it aims to advance the understanding and utilization of design in industry, education, and society at large. By engaging in this programme, students get encouraged to contribute to the betterment of society through impactful design initiatives, promoting a sustainable and enriching future. As design scholars at MIT-WPU, students will explore cutting-edge concepts, develop novel approaches, and contribute to the advancement of the design field. Through their research and practical applications, they will be at the forefront of creating positive change, elevating the role of design in enhancing people's lives, and shaping a more inclusive and sustainable world.

Ph.D. in Education

MIT World Peace University offers a prestigious Ph.D. programme in Education, as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme in Education, with a vision to foster research in contemporary educational areas and is dedicated to nurturing scholars who will shape the future of education through their innovative research and profound insights.

This programme empowers students to embrace diversity across all educational sectors and enables them to adapt and flourish in a rapidly changing world. Candidates will receive guidance from both an education faculty member and a co-guide specialising in their respective research discipline.

The coursework encompasses core courses in Education, research in education, and discipline-specific courses delivered by experts in the relevant field. Ph.D. candidates are expected to complete the coursework within six months of provisional admission, with a maximum duration of one year. The coursework comprises a combination of core courses and elective courses, providing students with a comprehensive foundation for their doctoral journey. By undertaking this rigorous Ph.D. programme, students will have the opportunity to delve into their chosen research areas, advance their knowledge, and contribute to the scholarly understanding of education.

Ph.D. in English

The Doctoral Research (Ph.D.) programme in English offered by MIT-WPU School of Liberal Arts aims to enhance and expand the skill sets of postgraduate students specializing in English Honours, Literature, Language, Communication, and related disciplines, preparing them for advanced research endeavors. The programme incorporates coursework and research, exposing students to a diverse range of interconnected subjects. By capitalizing on their previous academic achievements at the Master's and Bachelor's levels, students are equipped to engage in comprehensive and specialized studies, thereby paving the way for careers in academia, research, and industry. Candidates gain profound knowledge, as well as contemporary and forward-thinking entrepreneurial abilities, creating a bouquet of lucrative career opportunities in various domains. Ph.D. scholars within the department enjoy abundant prospects in the realms of academia, writing, and research.

Ph.D. in Law

The Doctoral Research (Ph.D.) programme in Law is an exciting and advanced academic programme that offers a unique opportunity to specialize and delve deep into various legal areas and offers an enriching journey of academic and intellectual growth in the field of law. It goes beyond conventional disciplines, allowing researchers to explore contemporary issues and tackle the challenges of our time. Pursuing a Ph.D. in Law demands not only a strong commitment to critical thinking but also a genuine passion for legal research and analysis. At its core, the Research Program in Law aims to produce competent legal researchers who can bring about potential and significant changes in the existing legal literature, policies, and practices. As research scholars, you will be empowered to tackle original research problems that have the potential to push the boundaries of legal understanding and address complex legal issues. This will involve conducting extensive reviews of literature, analysing landmark cases, studying statutes and legal philosophies, and developing innovative arguments and theories. Embarking on a Ph.D. in Law opens doors to a multitude of career opportunities allowing the graduates to pursue rewarding paths in academia as professors and researchers, where they can contribute to shaping the future generation of legal professionals. Additionally, they can find employment in think tanks, policy institutions, and government agencies, where their advanced research skills and specialized knowledge are highly valued. The skills and expertise gained during this programme provide a solid foundation for a wide range of career opportunities that require a strong legal background.

Ph.D. in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers a highly research-intensive Doctoral programme and provides students with excellent facilities and expert guidance to support their research endeavors. The programme is designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research. The programme provides specialised training in research components such as hypothesis creation, research questions, literature review, research ethics, and the use of online tools and resources. The programme has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and encourages students to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in their chosen areas of study.

The Department has a team of young dynamic researchers from various fields of pure as well as applied Mathematics and Statistics. The research supervisors have a good number of publications in peer reviewed reputed national/international journals.

The areas of research are Topology, Topology, Metroid Theory, Combinatory, Graph Theory, Algebra, Lattice Theory, Discrete Mathematics, optimization techniques, logistics and supply chain management, Dynamical Systems, Solid Mechanics, Mathematical Modelling, Clinical Trials etc.

Ph.D. in Microbiology

Ph.d. in pharmacetical sciences.

The Ph.D. programme in Pharmaceutical Science aims to shape students into knowledge creators and researchers qualified to take on and tackle future research problems for the heath and peace of society. The programme provides an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on the latest developments in the field of pharmacy and explore solutions to the various challenges of cutting edge science and to support the pharmaceutical industry. The department has received grants totalling more than INR 3 crores from various government-funded agencies, and students have published over 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals to date. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in pharmacy fellowships and residencies. The Ph.D. programme supports the building of researcher networks and the development and aims to provide students with a broad base of knowledge and expertise for their future careers.

Ph.D. in Physics

The Department of Physics, MIT-WPU offers a highly research-intensive PhD programme and provides students with excellent facilities and expert guidance to support their research endeavors. The programme is designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research. The programme provides specialised training in research components such as hypothesis creation, research questions, literature review, research ethics, and the use of online tools and resources. The programme has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and encourages students to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in their chosen areas of study.

The areas of research at the Department are Applied Physics, Computational Physics, Theoretical High energy Physics, Quantum Gravity, Material Science, Surface Physics, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Photonics, Plasmonics, Nonlinear Optics, Radiation physics, Spectroscopy, Nanomaterials, Nanocomposite and nano/micro structured growth and characterization of for various applications in, chemical and biosensors, data storage, detector, energy storage, and conversion applications.

Ph.D. in Public Health

The Ph.D in Public health at MIT-WPU prepares scholars to conduct in-depth research in diverse and interdisciplinary areas of Public Health. It trains independent researchers, teachers and leaders through rigorous coursework, research seminars and workshops to develop the expertise and skills needed to make a real impact in academia, industry, government and the community. The programme exposes them to state-of-the-art experimental approaches enabling them to develop analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills in a conducive environment. The programme provides training and learning experiences that support interdisciplinary learning, promote critical and theory-based, problem-solving skills to address public health problems, and inculcate the requisite professional values and ethics

Ph.D. in Visual Arts

The PhD in Visual Arts programme is designed for research scholars who are interested in exploring the intrinsic areas of Visual Arts, including Graphics, Printing Technology, Sculpture, Painting, Aesthetics, Digital Arts, Animations, Advertising, Branding, Information Design, UI/UX and related subjects. The programme provides opportunities for scholars to acquire advanced knowledge and develop their research skills through a blend of detailed coursework offered either via online platforms or classroom sessions. The research culture of the programme encourages scholars to engage in critical inquiry, independent thinking, and rigorous scholarship. Scholars are encouraged to identify and address these problems through innovative research, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

The programme also recognizes the rich cultural heritage of India and the unexplored areas in the field of Visual Arts. Scholars are encouraged to explore these areas and develop new insights that contribute to the advancement of the field. Overall, the PhD in Visual Arts programme provides a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in innovative research, acquire advanced knowledge, and develop their research skills in a vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment. Graduates of the programme are well-equipped to pursue careers in academia, research institutions, government agencies, and private organizations. .

Ph.D Psychology

The doctoral Psychology program at MIT-WPU distinguishes itself through a unique facet — providing students access to a comprehensive array of courses and immersive experiences. This distinct feature seamlessly integrates quantitative methodologies into scholarly pursuits, thereby cultivating a nuanced skill set with interdisciplinary relevance.

Pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology at MIT-WPU opens avenues for diverse career trajectories within academia, education, health care, industry, government, and community organizations. Graduates emerge equipped with a versatile skill set, spanning research design, data analysis, measurement, mental health assessment, treatment, program evaluation, and the innovative application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the construction of psychological tools.

Actualize your academic aspirations and position yourself at the forefront of the evolving landscape of Psychology. Enroll now to unravel the academic and professional possibilities that await.

Ph.D Clinical Psychology

The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program at MIT World Peace University (MITWPU) is designed to provide insight from psychology, neuroscience, physiology, and other relevant disciplines to develop a holistic understanding of human behaviour and mental health with advanced training and research opportunities for aspiring clinical psychologists. This program aims to equip students with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research expertise necessary to excel in the field of clinical psychology and contribute meaningfully to the advancement of psychological science. Students undergo rigorous training in both foundational and specialized areas of clinical psychology, preparing them for careers in academia, clinical practice, research, policymaking and other professional settings.

Ph.D. in Environmental Science

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science program at the Department of Environmental Studies, MIT-WPU Pune, offers an interdisciplinary approach to tackle complex environmental challenges. Grounded in cutting-edge research, it equips scholars with advanced knowledge in environmental science, conservation, and pollution control technology. Through rigorous coursework and hands-on research projects, students delve into areas such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, pollution control, and sustainable development. Faculty guidance and state-of-the-art facilities foster innovation and critical thinking. Graduates emerge adept at addressing pressing environmental issues, contributing to global sustainability efforts. The program emphasizes holistic understanding, fostering leaders who can drive positive change in academia, industry, and policymaking.

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Pursue Ph.d Programme from MIT-WPU and open a range of career opportunities for optimum growth

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MIT-WPU's Centre for Industry-Academia Partnerships (CIAP) aims to create a strong collaboration between the university and industry by combining academic, industrial, and research perspectives. CIAP provides opportunities for students to gain industry experience through projects and lectures. The key functions of CIAP include enhancing industry partnerships, career services, internships, and alumni engagement. These functions help students improve their skills and prepare for job opportunities by working with top employers.

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  • For full-time scholars, a stipend of Rs. 31,000 per month is provided for the initial two years, and Rs. 35,000 per month for the next two years
  • Research Advisory Committee members for scholars come from IIT/NIT/IIM and other eminent institutions
  • Co-Supervisors are from IIT/NIT/IIM, reputed industries, and National Laboratories
  • Access to a digital library, plagiarism-checking software license, and sophisticated laboratories is provided

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The following candidates are eligible to seek admission to the Ph.D. programme: Candidates who have completed:

A 1-year/2-semester master' s degree programme after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor's degree programme or a 2-year/4-semester master's degree programme after a 3-year bachelor's degree programme or qualifications declared equivalent to the master's degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed or equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institutions accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the commission from time to time.

Provided that a candidate seeking admission after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor's degree programme should have a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed. A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of commission from time to time.

Candidates who have completed the M. Phil programme with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale. A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of commission from time to time.

Reservation is applicable only to Maharashtra domicile candidates provided they submit the necessary documents for reservation before interview. Outside Maharashtra candidates will be considered in open category.

Candidates satisfying eligibility criterion shall be called to appear for the Ph.D. entrance test conducted by MITWPU.

PhD entrance test shall be qualifying with qualifying marks as 50% provided that relaxation from 50% to 45% shall be allowed for the candidates belongs to SC/ST/OBC (Non creamy layer)/Differently abled category, Economically Weaker section (EWS) and other category of candidates. The syllabus of entrance test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific.

The interview/viva-voce will be conducted by the university for test qualifying candidates. For selection of candidates a weightage of 70% to the entrance test and 30% to the performance in the interview/Viva-voce shall be given. For GATE/NET/JRF /SET/GPAT/CEED qualified students, the selection will be based on Interview/Viva Voce

The recommended candidates will be intimated through email about their selection and the candidates will be offered Ph.D. provisional admission.

The eligibility of a candidate is provisional as per information provided by the candidate in his/her application form and is subject to verification of minimum eligibility conditions for admission to the program, educational documents and reservation documents (if any).

University keep rights to cancel admission of the Ph.D. scholars in the case of misconduct by the scholar, unsatisfactory progress/absent for consecutive two progress seminars, failure in any examination related to Ph.D., fabrication found in educational and reservation documents, candidate is found ineligible, involved in plagiarism in paper publications and thesis.

Provisional eligibility to appear in the selection process is no guarantee for admission to the program.

Candidates who will join PhD program full time, they will be provided with the stipend as per MITWPU norms.

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The categories of Merit Scholarships are:

1. Dr. Vishwanath Karad Merit Scholarship MIT-WPU

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*All scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

*All scholarships are awarded as fee adjustments.

*To continue the scholarship for the entire duration of the programme:

a) a minimum level of the academic score has to be maintained at an 8.5 CGPA across all semesters

b) attendance is to be maintained at a minimum of 80 percent

c) there should be no disciplinary action against the student.

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A 1-year/2-semester master's degree programme after a 4-year/8-semester bachelors degree programme or a 2-year/4-semester master' s degree programme after a 3-year bachelor's degree programme or qualifications declared equivalent to the master's degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed or equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institutions accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institutions.

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Advocating for science funding on Capitol Hill

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This spring, 26 MIT students and postdocs traveled to Washington to meet with congressional staffers to advocate for increased science funding for fiscal year 2025. These conversations were impactful given the recent announcement of budget cuts for several federal science agencies for FY24. 

The participants met with 85 congressional offices representing 30 states over two days April 8-9. Overall, the group advocated for $89.46 billion in science funding across 11 federal scientific agencies. 

Every spring, the MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) organizes the Congressional Visit Days (CVD). The trip exposes participants to the process of U.S. federal policymaking and the many avenues researchers can use to advocate for scientific research. The participants also meet with Washington-based alumni and members of the MIT Washington Office and learn about policy careers.

This year, CVD was jointly co-organized by Marie Floryan and Andrew Fishberg, two PhD students in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics and Astronautics, respectively. Before the trip, the participants attended two training sessions organized by SPI, the MIT Washington Office, and the MIT Policy Lab. The participants learned how funding is appropriated at the federal level, the role of elected congressional officials and their staffers in the legislative process, and how academic researchers can get involved in advocating for policies for science.

Julian Ufert, a doctoral student in chemical engineering, says, “CVD was a remarkable opportunity to share insights from my research with policymakers, learn about U.S. politics, and serve the greater scientific community. I thoroughly enjoyed the contacts I made both on Capitol Hill and with MIT students and postdocs who share an interest in science policy.”

In addition to advocating for increased science funding, the participants advocated for topics pertaining to their research projects. A wide variety of topics were discussed, including AI, cybersecurity, energy production and storage, and biotechnology. Naturally, the recent advent of groundbreaking AI technologies, like ChatGPT, brought the topic of AI to the forefront of many offices interested, with multiple offices serving on the newly formed bipartisan AI Task Force.

These discussions were useful for both parties: The participants learned about the methods and challenges associated with enacting legislation, and the staffers directly heard from academic researchers about what is needed to promote scientific progress and innovation.

“It was fascinating to experience the interest and significant involvement of Congressional offices in policy matters related to science and technology. Most staffers were well aware of the general technological advancements and eager to learn more about how our research will impact society,” says Vipindev Vasudevan, a postdoc in electrical and computer engineering.

Dina Sharon, a PhD student in chemistry, adds, “The offices where we met with Congressional staffers were valuable classrooms! Our conversations provided insights into policymakers’ goals, how science can help reach these goals, and how scientists can help cultivate connections between the research and policy spheres.”

Participants also shared how science funding has directly impacted them, discussing how federal grants have supported their graduate education and for the need for open access research.

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As the head of the Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Daniel Heller (PhD, '10) has rapidly become one of the preeminent young scientists in cancer science. In 2023, Heller and colleagues reported a new nanotherapeutic approach targeting blood vessels to deliver medicines to brain cancers. This work could open the doors to new treatments for brain cancer.

Heller said it is definitely a dream job for him to be doing this work, leading a research group, mentoring young researchers. He is also an academic entrepreneur, working with startup companies to bring his group's innovations to the clinic, and now, he is helping his institution build a Cancer Engineering PhD program to explore how engineers and cancer researchers can be integrated in new ways.  

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Heller recently visited with students, faculty and others on the Illinois campus when he returned for the College of LAS alumni award ceremony and was honored with the  LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award . 

He shared his winding career path with undergraduate and graduate students. A history major in college, Heller discovered that he loved to teach while doing chemistry demonstrations with the chemistry club at a local science museum, so he became a middle school science teacher in Houston, Texas. While helping eighth graders with their science fair projects, he realized how much he loved scientific research and mentoring young researchers.

"I then tried to figure out how to become a scientist," said Heller, who ended up on the Illinois Chemistry website learning what chemistry courses he should take to get into the PhD program. "I then realized I needed to take more math courses as a prerequisite for physical chemistry, so I took math classes at Houston Community College. I almost failed, in part because I had forgotten so much of first semester calculus."

He volunteered in a couple research labs at the University of Houston and Rice University for nearly two years, working on self-assembled monolayers and materials chemistry, optics, and neuroscience and applied to grad schools.

He ultimately was accepted to and chose Illinois, he said, due to the large number of great chemistry and engineering labs he could potentially join. Though a chemistry student, he joined the lab of Michael Strano in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and worked in the field of carbon nanotubes.

"I investigated their novel optical properties and also learned how they could be used to make biosensors. The work heavily impacts my research group today," he said. 

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"I never thought that I would be at a cancer center or biomedical research institution, but I was at a conference and was approached by a department head from Memorial Sloan Kettering. When deciding where to start my own laboratory, where I intended to develop nanotechnologies to detect and treat cancer, I realized that it would be great to be close to the people who understood the problems that I wanted to address, and even better to be right in the middle of a cancer institution. It turned out to be an ideal place for that," he said.

What have been keys to your success as a researcher?  Supporting the careers of young researchers, being a good collaborator, and always trying to get better at those things.

What do you enjoy most about your work?  Getting to work with so many great people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise and working to make a difference in peoples’ lives.  

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