Neha Kamat Assistant ProfessorNorthwestern UniversityNeha Kamat joined Northwestern's Biomedical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor beginning January 2017. She joined Northwestern after completing postdoctoral studies as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Jack Szostak’s laboratory at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked towards developing a simple, artificial cell, developing methods to localize RNA to vesicle membranes and studying how RNA could be non-enzymatically replicated within these membranes. She received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 where she worked with Prof. Daniel Hammer and was a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient. As a graduate student, she worked on designing photoresponsive block copolymer vesicles and using microfluidic techniques for vesicle construction. She received her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2008, where she worked in the lab of Prof. Jennifer West and was a Beckman Scholar recipient. She was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.