Who We Are
Principal Investigator (MIT)
PhD, Chemical Engineering
Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor
Professor Sikes received her B.S. from Tulane University in 1997 and earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2003. She was awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, 2006-2011, selected as the Innovative Young Engineer NAE in 2017, and received the Best of BIOT Award from American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2018.
The Sikes research groups focus on engineering biomolecular systems to detect and treat disease in new ways. The principles of engineering design are used to support and extend the practice of evidence-based diagnosis and selection of therapy.
Application of redox chemistry
AMR IRG projects include the design and engineering of diagnostic tests that can distinguish between bacterial and viral infections in the upper respiratory tract or are designed to detect malaria disease using an unambiguous paper-based test.