Katharina Ribbeck is Eugene Bell Development Professor of Tissue Engineering in the department of Biological Engineering at MIT. Professor Ribbeck studied Biology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, receiving her undergraduate degree in 1998. She went on to get her PhD at the same institution in 2001. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg from 2002-2005 before coming to MIT.
Dr. Ribbeck and her lab focus on the basic mechanisms by which mucus prevents or allows the passage of different molecules and pathogens. The lab also does research on the ways in which pathogens have evolved to pass through the mucus barrier and cause disease.