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Laura Ensign-Hodges, Ph.D.

Headshot of Laura Ensign-Hodges
  • Marcella E. Woll Professorship in Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Research Interests

Nanomedicine; Drug delivery systems


Laura Ensign, Ph.D., is the Vice Chair for Research and the Marcella E. Woll Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute (Nanomedicine Division). Dr. Ensign is an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology. Her research interests are in the area of nanomedicine. Her laboratory focuses on the characterization of biological barriers in health and disease in order to design more effective formulations for prophylactic and therapeutic drug delivery. more


  • Marcella E. Woll Professorship in Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Oncology
  • Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (2012)
  • B.S.; Ohio State University (Ohio) (2007)

Research & Publications


Patent # US Patent 9,056,057 | 

Patent # US Patent 9,393,212 | 

Patent # US Patent 9,393,213 | 

Patent # US Patent 9,415,020 | 

Patent # US Patent 9,532,955 | 

Patent # US Patent 9,737,491 | 

Patent # US Patent 10,092,509 | 

Patent # US Patent 10,058,511 | 

Patent # US Patent 10,485,757 | 

Patent # AU2011323250B2 | 

Patent # CN104936620A | 

Patent # AU2013209452B2 | 

Patent # RU2598627C2 | 

Patent # K101811917B1 | 

Patent # AU2016200707B2 | 

Patent # CA2863632C | 

Patent # AU2016211696 | 

Patent # AU2013256130B2 | 

Patent # JP6360039B2 | 

Patent # EP2635254B1 | 

Contact for Research Inquiries

400 N. Broadway
Smith 6015
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-9854

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

Activities & Honors


  • NAI Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2019
  • AIMBE Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2020
  • RPB Sybil B. Harrington Special Scholar Award, Research to Prevent Blindness, 2017
  • Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer, Maryland Academy of Sciences, 2015
  • Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF) Award, State of Maryland, 2018
  • Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, Texnikoi (Ohio State University Engineering Alumni Association), 2019

Videos & Media

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Dr. Laura Ensign Named 2015 Outstanding Young Engineer in Maryland

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