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

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities:

We seek a motivated candidate for a postdoctoral research position in the laboratory of Prof.Cecilia Leal at the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The position is renewed annually and intended for two years. The candidate will design and characterize soft nanoparticles for cellular delivery applications. The postdoc will have the opportunity to: i) characterize the nanoparticles with advanced electron microscopy and scattering techniques, ii) test nanoparticle efficacy in cell culture, iii) image nanoparticle fate in cells and organelles by fluorescence microscopy.

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)