Department of Chemistry



Grad Highlights: Lauren Marbella

Lauren Marbella came to Pitt after receiving a B.S. degree cum laude with Honors, from Duquesne University. After joining Prof. Jill Millstone’s group at Pitt in 2012, she worked on NMR characterization of metal nanoparticle formation, structure, and performance, resulting in 14 papers, 7 of them as first author. Before graduating in 2016, she received a Pitt Quantum Institute Fellowship and a Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, as well as multiple prizes from national meetings, including presentations at the Clusters, Nanocrystals, and Nanostructures Gordon Research Conference in 2013, the Nobel Metal Nanoparticle GRC in 2014, a Graduate Student Research Award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium in 2014, a poster prize at the 2015 Pacifichem meeting, and presentations at the 2015 ACS Colloids meeting and 2016 PANIC NMR meeting in Houston. Lauren was also selected as one of 55 representatives for the United States to the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2015.

After graduating from Pitt with her Ph.D. in 2016, Lauren is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and Charles and Katharine Darwin Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.