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Dr. Katy Newlin is a scientist and chemical engineer with an insatiable passion for exploring the world. Her craving to understand natural phenomena leads her to apply her background in elucidating interfacial phenomena to leading global challenges, including conservation and reforestation projects in the heart of Patagonia. Newlin brings a unique engineering mindset to complex problems, and at Ronin, she is able to collaborate with unique perspectives from around the world to find and create solutions.
With an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, three diverse internship experiences – including NASA – and four years of undergraduate research experience, Dr. Newlin knew she wanted to learn how to think and formulate novel research ideas. That drive led her to obtain her doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston where she became a leading expert in crystallization. Her doctoral work focused on fundamental methods of crystal growth and inhibition, specifically towards heme detoxification pathways underlying Malaria parasites to design novel antimalarial therapeutics.
During her postdoc at MIT in the Langer / Anderson labs, she shifted gears to harness physicochemical interactions of colloidal nanoparticles with tethered cells to create 3D synthetic organ scaffolds, rationally designed to reverse Type II diabetes. After, Newlin conducted research in pharma R&D to formulate extended-release therapeutics to treat opioid addiction and continues to collaborate with academic and industrial organizations through consulting work for novel product development and ideation.