Faculty Profile

Cecilia Leal

Materials Science and Engineering
Cecilia Leal
Cecilia Leal
Assistant Professor
201C Materials Science & Eng Bld
1304 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-1955

Primary Research Area

  • Materials for Medicine

Research Areas

  • Biomaterials

Research Topics

Chapters in Books

  • The hydration of DNA ￿ amphiphile complexes: C. Leal and H. Wennerstr￿n DNA Interactions with polymers and surfactants, Dias, R.S. and Lindman, B. (eds). Wiley-Blackwell, Boston, MA, 2008. (Featured in the book cover)

Selected Articles in Journals


  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Swedish Research Council, postdoctoral fellowship, 2007

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for MSE201-Phases and phase relations (Fall 2015)