Sarah Heilshorn completed her undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at Georgia Tech. She then earned her MS and PhD in chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) under the supervision of David A. Tirrell. While a graduate student, she was also a visiting scholar in the Department of Polymer Science at the Kyoto Institute of Technology through a National Science Foundation East Asia Fellowship. She was awarded the Caltech Everhart Lectureship for her PhD thesis work in 2004. Following this, Prof. Heilshorn was a postdoctoral scholar with Mu-ming Poo at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. In 2006 she joined Stanford University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. She also holds courtesy faculty appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering. Her research laboratory studies the dynamics of biological and bio-inspired systems at multiple length scales, including the molecular through to the multi-cellular level. Current topics of investigation include the design of injectable materials for stem cell and drug delivery, protein-engineered materials for regenerative medicine scaffolds, and peptide-based self-assembly materials for templated nanoparticle synthesis. In 2009, she was selected for the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award for young faculty.