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FoundHer Stories | A Fireside Chat with Mariana Matus

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern University's Querrey InQbation Lab is hosting the FoundHer Stories series to amplify the startup stories of women scientist entrepreneurs.

Learn about Dr. Mariana Matus’ experience spinning out Biobot Analytics in 2017 from her doctoral research at MIT while working with Prof. Eric Alm. Dr. Matus will share how her company analyzes sewage with molecular technologies and AI to provide early warning of population health threats across the globe.

While the FoundHer Stories series is focused on supporting women innovators and entrepreneurs, all are welcome to register.

Please register in advance.


Mariana Matus, Ph.D., is the co-founder and CEO of Biobot Analytics. Originally from Mexico City, Mariana received her PhD from the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT in Computational Biology, where she specialized in the emerging field of wastewater epidemiology. In addition to her doctoral studies, Mariana co-founded the MIT Underworlds Smart Sewers Project, leading the vision and funding for a $4M interdisciplinary research project with collaborators from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. This work led to the creation of Biobot Analytics and set the scientific foundation for Biobot’s wastewater platform, which is now serving the CDC and communities across all 50 US states. Mariana plans to expand Biobot’s venture backed platform, which has secured ~$30M in funding, into countries all over the globe. Dr. Matus has been recognized for her leadership and entrepreneurial excellence through several awards. In 2020, she was named to the C&EN Trailblazing Women in Chemistry. She made Newsweek’s list of America’s 50 Greatest Disruptors in 2021, and their list of America’s 50 Enterprising Idealists in 2022. Boston Globe named Dr. Matus #8 on their inaugural 50 Tech Power Players list for 2022, and most recently she was honored to be featured on the 2022 TIME100 NEXT list as an industry innovator.

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