Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology

Mary L Kraft

Associate Professor

Development of chemical imaging techniques to visualize the distribution of different components in cell membranes, and to understand how cell membrane structure and composition relates to disease progression

Research Interests

Research Description

Our ability to engineer tissues and biomimetic devices hinges upon an understanding of the structure-function relationship in healthy and diseased cells. Our laboratory utilizes materials characterization, quantitative engineering principles, cell biology and chemistry to elucidate the influence of molecular organization on cellular function.


B.S., 1998, University of Illinois at Chicago (Biochemistry)
Ph.D., 2003, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chemistry)
Postdoc., 2003-2007, Stanford University


Excellence in Advising Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, UC, 2008
Career Award at the Scientific Interface, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, 2007-2011
Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health, 2003-2007