Carnegie Mellon University

Stefanie Sydlik

Dr. Stefanie A. Sydlik

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering

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Mellon Institute 840
Carnegie Mellon University
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • B.S., Chemistry and Polymer Science with a Minor in Engineering Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015


Prof. Sydlik received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Timothy Swager studying novel triptycene and nanocarbon based materials. She continued her training at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Robert Langer, developing a novel biomimetic block copolymer for cartilage repair and establishing the biocompatibility of graphene oxide. Through her training, she received fellowships from the Beckman Foundation, NSF, and NIH. She joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in August of 2015.


The Sydlik group synthesizes novel polymers and materials via the principles of molecular design. Drawing on her diverse background in electronic, mechanical, and biological materials, the group is uniquely situated at the interface of chemistry, biomedical engineering, and materials science. Currently, they are designing and implementing strategies to transform graphene oxide into a biomimetic, biodegradable scaffold for bone regeneration and applying concepts from classic polymer theory to design smart conductive materials with tunable mechanical properties. Details on specific projects can be found on the group website

Research Interests: materials chemistry; graphene; stem cells; tissue regeneration; cell-instructive material


Awards and Recognition

  • PMSE Young Investigators Award, 2018
  • Ruth L Kirschstein NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • ACS Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research, 2013
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008-2011


  • MIT Department of Chemistry Awards for Outstanding Teaching, 2008
  • Carnegie Mellon Judith A. Resnik Award, 2007
  • Beckman Scholars Program Fellowship, 2006- 2007