After growing up in Qingdao, China, Maggie Qi received two BS degrees in chemical engineering and in operations research at Cornell University, before moving on to Stanford for her PhD. There, she worked with Eric Shaqfeh, a computational fluid mechanics faculty member in Chemical Engineering. Her work there focused on the theoretical modeling and experimental investigation of platelet adhesion to vessel walls in hemostasis, in which she used an in vitro study with Von Willebrand Factor coated channels. She did significant experimental work that led to her spending some of her time in a collaborator’s lab in Dublin making hydrodynamic devices to study blood cell interactions and clotting mechanisms. During her graduate work, she received the T.S. Lo Graduate Fellowship and the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Maggie then took on a postdoctoral position with Samir Mitragotri, a chemical engineer and experimentalist at Harvard University SEAS and the Wyss Institute. There, she investigated the use of ionic liquids in transdermal drug delivery and developed a microfluidic chip to mimic the subcutaneous space.
Maggie’s proposed research includes combining extensive theoretical and computational work on predictive models that guide experimental design. She seeks to investigate particle-cell biomechanics and function for better targeted cell-based therapies. She also plans to design microphysiological systems that elucidate hydrodynamics in complex organs, including delivery of drugs to the eye, and to examine complex fluids as matrices for biomaterial hydrogels. She aims to push the boundaries of fluid mechanics, transport phenomena and soft matter for human health and innovate precision healthcare solutions.
Among her accomplishments, Maggie was a participant in the inaugural class of the MIT Rising Stars in ChemE Program in 2018. We look forward to her many contributions to the Department, and the opportunity to engage her in our community through her research work, collaborations, teaching, advising, and participation in our community. She plans to start her appointment in January 2022, though she will be participating in Department events as she can in the interim.