PI: Dane Wittrup and Darrell Irvine

PhD Student

Bachelor of Science, Stanford University, 2018

Luciano Santollani is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on developing novel cancer therapeutics by leveraging a patient’s own immune system. He is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, an MIT Presidential Fellow, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. Luciano received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, where he found his interest for translating biological discoveries into potentially life-changing treatments. At MIT, he continues to work in this area and is passionate about mentoring younger students to make their undergraduate and graduate careers as meaningful as possible.


  • Frostad, J. M., Tammaro, D., Santollani, L., de Araujo, S. B., & Fuller, G. G. (2016). Dynamic fluid-film interferometry as a predictor of bulk foam properties. Soft Matter, 12(46), 9266-9279.


  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • MIT Presidential Fellow
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Stanford Mason-Marsden Award