Ilse Nava-Medina, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Braunschweig Lab, Nanoscience Initiative

Ilse holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (UDLAP, Mexico), followed by a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (Texas A&M University, USA). Her Ph. D. dissertation involved the creation of self-oscillating hydrogels driven by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. Such hydrogels simulated biological oscillators with unique chemical wave patterns: cardiac arrhythmias, neuron signaling and dynamic skin patterns on aquatic animals. She then joined the Advanced Science Research Center, where she is currently working on the synthesis of mucus-inspired hydrogels with adhesive, lubricating, and hydrating properties.

Research interests: biomimetic materials, synthetic mucins, polymer chemistry, glycopeptides-based hydrogels​.


M. Lema, I. Nava-Medina, A.R. Cerullo, R. Abdelaziz, S. Jimenez, J. Geldner, M. Abdelhamid, C.-S. Kwan, L. Kharlamb, M. Neary, and A.B. Braunschweig, Scalable Preparation of Synthetic Mucins via Nucelophilic Ring-Opening Polymerization of Glycosylated N-carboxyanhydridesMacromolecules2022, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c02477.