Cecilia Leal

Cecilia Leal
Cecilia Leal

Cecilia Leal

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
201C Materials Science & Eng Bld
1304 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-1955

soft condensed matter, biomaterials, complex fluids, biomimetic materials, X-ray scattering, drug and gene delivery, lipid-nucleic acid constructs

Academic and Scientific Experience

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 497 - Individual Study
  • MSE 201 - Phases and Phase Relations
  • MSE 473 - Biomolecular Materials Science
  • MSE 559 - Soft Materials Seminar
  • MSE 595 - Materials Colloquium

Chapters in Books

  • The hydration of DNA – amphiphile complexes: C. Leal and H. Wennerström in DNA Interactions with polymers and surfactants, Dias, R.S. and Lindman, B. (eds). Wiley-Blackwell, Boston, MA, 2008. (Featured in the book cover)

Selected Articles in Journals


  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Swedish Research Council, postdoctoral fellowship, 2007

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students for MSE201-Phases and phase relations (Fall 2015)