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Nelson Named to Technology Review's TR35

Celeste Nelson, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and associated faculty in Molecular Biology, has been named to the 2010 TR35 list by MIT’s Technology Review, the world’s oldest technology magazine. Each year, the editors of Technology Review select 35 innovators, all under the age of 35, whose inventions and research—in areas spanning medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology, and more—are changing the world. Nelson’s work on “Reconstructing Tissue Architectures from Scratch” aims to elucidate how organs such as the lungs or kidneys generate the intricate, treelike internal anatomy essential to their function. In addition, the technique developed by Nelson to probe this question—a technique to build three-dimensional tissue structures—could ultimately be used to help engineer replacement organs.