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Stefanie Sydlik’s Personal Story


“I always knew that I wanted to be a chemist.”


Stefanie describes how an exciting “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” convinced her to become a chemist. She considers chemistry to be a bridge between biology and physics that can help explain observations made in everyday life.

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  • Current title

    Chemical Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher in Prof. Robert Langer’s Lab

  • MIT title

    MIT graduate student ’12 in Prof. Tim Swager’s Lab

  • In your current work, where do you find inspiration/real-word application to your research? What about science continues to inspire you?

    After finishing my PhD in the Swager lab, I started working as a Post-doc in the Langer lab, where I’ll use chemistry to design synthetic cartilage. Here, I’m drawing ideas from the chemistry of molecules that naturally occur in the human body.

  • Growing up, did you know how to play a sport or musical instrument? Which one?

    Both! I was on the swim team in high school and crew team in college. I also played piano, violin, viola, and marimba.

  • If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    I would learn to be fluent in another language, probably German (I only speak English and a tiny bit of German).

  • Do you have a favorite quotation about science?

    “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” -Albert Einstein