Prof. Michelle L. Personick

Principal Investigator

2023 - present   Associate Professor, University of Virginia Department of Chemistry
2021 - 2023   Associate Professor, Wesleyan University Department of Chemistry and College of Integrative Sciences
2015 - 2021   Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University Department of Chemistry and College of Integrative Sciences

Dr. Michelle L. Personick is an associate professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia (UVA). She received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Middlebury College in 2009, where she was an undergraduate researcher with Prof. Sunhee Choi. In 2013, she obtained a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Chad A. Mirkin. From 2013 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University working with Prof. Cynthia M. Friend and co-advised by Prof. Robert J. Madix. Prior to joining UVA, she was an assistant professor (2015-2021) and associate professor (2021-2023) of Chemistry and of Integrative Sciences at Wesleyan University.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys rowing competitively at the masters' level, playing board games, and reading Brandon Sanderson novels.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Emerging Investigator, Nanoscale (2024)
  • Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2024)
  • "Up and Coming" Perspective Author, Chemistry of Materials (2019)
  • Emerging Investigator, Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2018)
  • Honorable Mention, ACS DIC Award for Undergraduate Research, R1 Category--Preceptor (2018)
  • Young Investigator Award, Army Research Office (2018)
  • Victor K. LaMer Award, ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (2016)
  • CIBA/YCC Young Scientist Travel Award, ACS Younger Chemists’ Committee (2015)
  • Johnson Matthey Student Award, International Precious Metals Institute (2012)
  • Joseph Lambert Award for Excellence in Junior Graduate Research, Northwestern University (2011)
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Department of Defense (2010)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2010)


Contact Information

Chemistry Building
409 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319