Jackie Y. Ying received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She was Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (1992-2005), Founding Executive Director of Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (2003-2018), and Director of NanoBio Lab (2018-2023). She is Advisor of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore.
For her research on nanostructured materials and bioengineering, Prof. Ying has been recognized with the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jubilee Medal, Academy of Sciences of Iran Medal of Honor, Islamic World Academy of Sciences-COMSTECH Ibrahim Memorial Award, Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Academy Prize in Science and Engineering Sciences, Journal of Drug Targeting’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and King Faisal Prize in Science (Chemistry).
Prof. Ying is an elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina, TÜBA, and U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She is a Fellow of Materials Research Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Singapore National Academy of Science, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, and U.S. National Academy of Inventors. Prof. Ying was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims.
Prof. Ying was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration. She was an Inaugural Inductee for the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. She was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, and on the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabia’s Research, Development and Innovation Authority.
Prof. Ying has authored 390 articles with more than 47,600 citations (h index: 100). Prof. Ying has 200 primary patents granted or pending, 42 of which have been licensed to multinational and start-up companies. She has served on the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of 10 start-up companies and 2 venture capital funds. One of the spin-off companies that she co-founded, SmartCells, Inc., has developed a technology platform that is capable of auto-regulating the release of insulin therapeutic depending on the blood glucose levels. Merck acquired SmartCells, Inc. in 2010, with milestone-based aggregate payments in excess of US$500 million to further develop this nanomedicine for clinical trials.