Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Margarita Herrera-Alonso, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University, August 24, 2018

Margarita Herrera-Alonso

Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Margarita Herrera-Alonso is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the School of Advanced Materials Discovery. Herrera-Alonso completed her undergraduate and Master of Science studies in chemical engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 1999.

She received her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004, and was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University until 2007. She returned to UNAM as a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer, prior to joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor in 2010.

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Research Interests

Herrera-Alonso’s research focuses on examining the molecular and process determinants of solution-based polymer assemblies.

Her group’s ability to design, synthesize, and characterize well-defined polymers exhibiting unique chemical functionality and non-traditional molecular architectures, combined with techniques to carry out their assembly under controlled conditions, has allowed Herrera-Alonso’s team to produce novel nanoparticles used as carriers of pharmaceuticals and for stimuli-responsive delivery.


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

  • Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Career award 2012

Other appointments

  • School of Advanced Materials Discovery