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Nina R. Sinatra
PhD Candidate | Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory
Harvard University

nsinatra [at] fas [dot] harvard [dot] edu



2013 - 2019   PhD, Materials Science & Engineering

Harvard University


2012 - 2013   M.S., Materials Science & Engineering

Columbia University, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


2008 - 2012   B.S., Materials Science & Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Grants & Awards


Mini-MBA Program, Harvard Graduate Business Club, 2016    

   (intensive five-week business course)

Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator Award

   (grant co-author), 2015

John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Innovation Fund Fellowship, 2015

Herbert French Fellowship: Outstanding Engineering Graduate

    Student, 2013

Sigma Xi Engineering Honor Society: Nominated, inducted 2012

National Science Foundation Fellowship: Honorable Mention, 2012

Anthony Sun Fellowship Award, 2011

Selected Research Experiences 



2017-present  Doctoral Research, Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, Harvard University

                         - Engineered soft polymer actuators for delicate manipulation of irregular structures 
                         - Developed novel fabrication strategy for fiber-reinforced actuators and soft grippers                                     - Derived analytical models for large deformation of soft elastomer actuators

                         - Integrated nanotextiles into soft robotic systems

                         - Mechanical and chemical characterization of polymer and textile materials 

2013-2017       > Doctoral Research, Disease Biophysics Group, Harvard University

                          - Established two novel manufacturing systems for point-of-use nanofibers and composite 

                             polymer nanofabrics

                          - Developed tough composite nanotextiles incorporating orthogonal elastic and     

                             piezoelectric polymer fibers
                          - Co-authored two patents integrating nanofabrics into microfluidic systems and tissue

                             engineering assays
                          - Completed internship at Sogang University (Seoul) focused on inkjet and screen printing 

                             sensors on nanotextiles


2012-2013      > Masters Research, Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Eng. Laboratory, Columbia University

                         - Developed hydroxyapatite-xerogel scaffolds for interfacial bone regeneration


2011                > Internship, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

                         - Engineered complex binary monolayers of nanospheres containing photochrome dyes

                         - Analyzed optical properties of polymeric nanoparticles for applications in data storage


2010-2011      > Internship, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center

                         - Applied statistical data analysis methods to nanomaterials and nanotoxicology projects


2010-2011      > Internship, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, Gleason Lab

                         - Collaborated on research project using initiated chemical vapor deposition to fabricate       

                            biosensors capable of detecting nitroaromatic explosives 

Technical Skills

Computer: Solidworks, Fusion 360, Python, Adobe Illustrator, Blender, LaTeX, Mathematica,

                   MATLAB, ImageJ, COMSOL

Fabrication: Digital prototyping, manufacturing, and analysis (mechanical, chemical) of polymers and 

                      fabric using 3D printing, laser cutting, molding, and CAD. 

Selected Laboratory: Instron mechanical testing, Spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman, X-Ray diffraction), Nanofiber 

                                    fabrication (rotary jet spinning, pull spinning), Soft lithography, Scanning Electron 

                                    Microscopy, Langmuir trough, QCM-D, iCVD, Emulsion polymerization



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