Elizabeth Wayne is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Wayne’s 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.


2016 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

2009 BS, Physics, University of Pennsylvania

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CMU Engineering

Curing cancer is not enough

Colette Bilynsky pursues both cancer research and health policy to ensure that potential cures are affordable and accessible to all.

CMU Engineering

Chemical Engineering alumni connect classes to careers

By sharing how they are applying their chemical engineering degrees, alums are helping undergraduate and graduate students understand the current distribution of career opportunities.

Chemical Engineering

Bring your own brain

In a live storytelling session at the 2023 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Elizabeth Wayne spoke about how science benefits from neurodiversity.

Chemical Engineering

Making sense of too much data

With hundreds of research papers published each day, synthesizing all of the available information for literature reviews has become increasingly difficult. Now, professors and librarians at Carnegie Mellon University are teaming up to find and teach unique techniques to uncover pertinent information for academic studies.


Wayne co-authors Nature commentary

ChemE’s Elizabeth Wayne co-authored an article in Nature arguing the need to consider ancestry in cell samples for medical research because ancestral differences are present in many diseases.

Chemical Engineering

Wayne awarded NIH R35 grant for macrophage polarization research

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Wayne has been awarded an NIH R35 grant, otherwise known as the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), providing her lab with the resources needed to develop bioluminescence microscopy technology to measure macrophage polarization.

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.

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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.