Elizabeth Wayne’s current research focuses on drug delivery for cancer treatment, specifically the use of microphages to deliver therapeutic genes to solid tumors. Wayne has received a number of awards and recognitions as both a speaker and an advocate for the inclusion of women in STEM. In 2017, she was recognized as a TED Fellow for both her cancer nanotechnology research, and her podcast PhDivas, which works to amplify the voices of women in higher education by interviewing women who have or are pursuing doctorate degrees. Her writing and research have been featured in a number of publications, including The Los Angeles Times, Bust Magazine, and more.

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Wayne Macrophage Therapeutics Lab


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Cornell

B.S., Physics, University of Pennsylvania

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Media mentions

Chemical Engineering

Student spotlight: Dasia Aldarondo

During a high school summer camp, Dasia Aldarondo fell in love with the campus, environment, and research opportunities at Carnegie Mellon University. Today, she is a 3rd year Ph.D. student and a GEMS Fellow, developing targeted nanoparticles to terminate disease-causing genes.

CMU Engineering

Celebrating Black in Microbiology Week

Chemical Engineering’s Kishana Taylor is hosting the first Black in Microbiology week, a unique program that aims to highlight Black scientists and their contributions to the field of microbiology.

CMU Engineering

A new perspective in the fight against COVID-19

Elizabeth Wayne has received funding through the NSF RAPID program to study an often-ignored cellular factor in the mortality rate of COVID-19.

the Accelerator

College of Engineering announces Catalyst 2020 winners

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that the College will fund three Catalyst proposals as winners of the Catalyst 2020 competition.

PBS Newshour

Wayne featured on PBS News Hour’s Brief but Spectacular

ChemE’s Elizabeth Wayne was featured on PBS News Hour’s Brief but Spectacular about the importance of representation and being a role model.

Chemical Engineering

Elizabeth Wayne joins ChemE/BME faculty

Beginning in Fall 2019, Dr. Elizabeth Wayne will be joining the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

The Atlantic

Wayne quoted in The Atlantic on cancer treatment

On a panel at Aspen Ideas: Health, BME/ChemE’s Elizabeth Wayne pointed out that many current cancer treatments were derived from things originally intended to kill people.


Wayne featured in Nature

ChemE’s Elizabeth Wayne was featured in a Nature Career Feature article on overcoming social and financial obstacles in science and engineering.


Wayne gives TED talk

ChemE’s Elizabeth Wayne gave a TED talk about how to hack our immune cells to fight cancer.