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Brittany Hartwell (’11 chemical engineering) is a biomedical engineer advancing therapies and vaccines for illnesses affecting millions worldwide. As an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota, her research in immunoengineering is making progress in the fight against autoimmune and infectious diseases.

While earning a PhD in biomolecular engineering from the University of Kansas, she combined engineering with immunology to study antigen-specific immunotherapy for multiple sclerosis. She was recognized as the University of Kansas Outstanding Doctoral Student in Bioengineering and a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellow.

As a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, Hartwell was affiliated with the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard. She was honored with the Koch Institute Image Award for her work on developing a targeted intranasal vaccine that could be used to protect against mucosally-transmitted infections, including HIV and SARS-CoV-2.

Hartwell’s current research – focused on directing the immune response with innovative vaccines and immunotherapies strategies, such as “albumin hitchhiking” to better target immune system cells and tissues – was recognized with the early-career Michelson Prize. And now, even as a busy assistant professor, she invests time to support future engineers, particularly women and other underserved communities in STEM.

Hartwell is married to Doug Hartwell (’10 civil engineering, ’11 MS structural engineering), and they have two daughters, Adalyn and Claire. Hartwell is a Life Member of the ISU Alumni Association.

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December 12th, 2023

Mya O’Connell: Outstanding senior in chemical engineering

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November 16th, 2023

AIChE student chapter again records successes at annual meeting – including another Outstanding Student Chapter honor

The Outstanding Student Chapter award is presented at the meeting. Shown is AIChE student chapter representative Hailey Bates (center), ISU […]

October 27th, 2023

Brittany Hartwell named 2023 Cyclone Engineering Young Alumni Award winner

Brittany Hartwell (’11 chemical engineering) is a biomedical engineer advancing therapies and vaccines for illnesses affecting millions worldwide. As an […]

October 6th, 2023

Shao and Bardhan: Two faculty members in Chemical and Biological Engineering will see research advances with new appointments to professorships

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October 3rd, 2023

Luke Roling named Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow

Luke Roling’s computational research work in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has received the support of the […]

September 7th, 2023

Honoring excellence: Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions and new patents

College of Engineering faculty and staff awards Early Achievement in Academic Advising: Holly Dunlay-Lott, student services specialist in materials science and […]

August 9th, 2023

Yue Wu named to collaboration role with Office of Vice President for Research

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August 9th, 2023

Iowa State researchers receive 2023 Barry Award to investigate cellular structure of pancreatic cancer tumors, improve treatment outcomes

Iowa State Researchers Receive 2023 Barry Award to Investigate Cellular Structure of Pancreatic Cancer Tumors, Improve Treatment Outcomes Caitlin Ware, […]

August 7th, 2023

Building green fertilizer system to reuse waste and cut greenhouse gas emissions

Vignesh Kumar Thoomatti Haridass, a postdoctoral research associate working with Iowa State’s Liang Dong, installs soil and stalk nitrate sensors […]

June 15th, 2023

Nigel Reuel named Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor Nigel Reuel has been named the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering. […]