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

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for Spring 2017 - MSE 473-Biomolecular Materials Science, UIUC (2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for Fall 2015 - MSE 201-Phases and Phase Relations, UIUC (2015)

Research Honors

  • Illinois College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (2018)
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship (2017)
  • NIH New Innovator Award: A New Paradigm In Nanomedicine: Can Structural Interiors of Nanoparticles Regulate Cellular Delivery? (DP2-EB-024377) (2016)
  • NSF CAREER Award: Nanostructured Soft Substrates for Responsive Bioactive Coatings (DMR -1554435 ) (2016)