Hadley D. Sikes is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering. She leads a team of researchers in the application of physical principles to design, synthesize, characterize and test molecules for utility in detecting and understanding human disease. An overarching goal of her lab is to enable more effective treatment strategies within the near term in comparison with current clinical standards of care. Hadley earned a BS at Tulane University where she was named a Goldwater Scholar, a PhD at Stanford University as a NSF Fellow, an ARCS Foundation Fellow, and a Evelyn Liang McBain Fellow. She worked as an NIH-NRSA postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Burroughs Wellcome postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology prior to joining the faculty at MIT.